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unharness

[uhn-hahr-nis] /ʌnˈhɑr nɪs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip of harness; detach the harness from (a horse, mule, etc.).
2.
to divest of armor, as a knight or warhorse.
Origin of unharness
1400-1450
First recorded in 1400-50, unharness is from the Middle English word onharnesen. See un-2, harness
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Examples from the Web for unharness
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  • He began to unharness before the first sentence was finished.

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • He hoped that his father would not come and help him unharness the horses.

  • Afraid,” growled the fellow, proceeding to unharness his horse; “that was the word, I think.

    Lavengro George Borrow
  • He said he put the package on the wagon-seat, and got out to unharness the horse.

  • unharness the Sawhorse, somebody; my fingers are too clumsy.

    The Lost Princess of Oz

    L. Frank Baum
  • Unravel this, and your day's work is done, your team may then unharness.

    Hamlet William Shakespeare
  • "You can unharness the horse; I shall be here two hours," she said to the waiting Brown.

    The Secret House Edgar Wallace
  • I helped him unharness Bob and Betty, while he told me where he had taken the Downeses.

    Swept Out to Sea

    W. Bertram Foster
  • When they drove into the yard he said: "Take Frank right in, sis, and I'll unharness."

    Uncle Terry Charles Clark Munn
  • "Well, unharness him and we'll get him on board," said the farmer.

British Dictionary definitions for unharness

unharness

/ʌnˈhɑːnɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove the harness from (a horse, etc)
2.
(archaic) to remove the armour from
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Word Origin and History for unharness
v.

mid-15c., "divest of armor," from un- (2) + harness (v.). Cf. Dutch ontharnassen "to disarm." Meaning "to free (a horse) from harness" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Unharnessed; unharnessing.

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