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unhand

[uhn-hand] /ʌnˈhænd/
verb (used with object)
1.
to take the hand or hands from; release from a grasp; let go:
Unhand me, you wretched coward!
Origin of unhand
1595-1605
First recorded in 1595-1605; un-2 + hand
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  • And now, gentlemen, if you will unhand me, I will return to my apartments.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • I pray you unhand me, Humphrey; my old friend, you are too rough.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • "unhand me, sir," he said, in a voice of angry expostulation.

  • "unhand me," muttered Juliet in a tone of intense, but suppressed fury.

    Mildred at Roselands Martha Finley
  • "unhand me, woman," said Vonnie, but she immediately took his arm again.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • I said—and her green eyes glittered just like one—“unhand his lordship!”

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • unhand me, sir, or I'll call those who have the power to punish as well as to humble thy presumption!

  • The New Woman will scarcely feel the seat of power warm beneath her before giving to the assassin's "unhand me villain!"

  • We took all this quite humbly and asked him why he didn't see Ole himself and order him to unhand the lady.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • unhand that gentleman,” said Bowsprit, to two men who held the sick Mr Durocher prisoner.

    The Fatal Cord Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for unhand

unhand

/ʌnˈhænd/
verb
1.
(transitive) (archaic or literary) to release from the grasp
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Word Origin and History for unhand
v.

c.1600, "to release from one's grasp," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of hand (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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