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[uhn-glood] /ʌnˈglud/
separated or detached; not glued.
come unglued, Slang.
  1. to become upset, disorganized, or confused; lose emotional control:
    to come unglued in an emergency.
  2. to disintegrate or collapse; fall apart; break down:
    The negotiators tried to keep the fragile peace agreement from coming unglued.
Origin of unglued
1685-95; (def 1) un-1 + glued; (def 2) unglue + -ed2


[uhn-gloo] /ʌnˈglu/
verb (used with object), unglued, ungluing.
to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent:
to unglue a sticker from a wall.
  1. to confuse or upset:
    He was unglued by his opponent's superb defense.
  2. to cause to fail or lose effectiveness.
First recorded in 1540-50; un-2 + glue Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After a time he unglued his thick lips to ask me if I had seen his brother yet.

    'Twixt Land & Sea Joseph Conrad
  • But we are glad that the carpenter did not leave the legs of it unglued for a joke.

    A Chesterton Calendar G. K. Chesterton
  • Sometimes the sound board gets loose or unglued at the edges, or the bridges or ribs come loose.

    Piano Tuning J. Cree Fischer
  • Using the outspread fingers of each hand, begin with the unglued edge and roll the paper around the wood.

  • Baston, unglued from the wall, spoke up with his usual pompous eagerness.

    Tharon of Lost Valley Vingie E. Roe
  • Somewhere in the damp, without doubt; that instrument will be unglued and spoilt in ten minutes—ten!

  • Books soon become mildewed or unglued and the finest library will soon have the appearance of a secondhand bookshop.

    Birdseye Views of Far Lands James T. Nichols
Word Origin and History for unglued



1540s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + glue (v.). Related: Unglued; ungluing. Unglued in figurative sense is recorded from 1922.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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