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[uhn-hich] /ʌnˈhɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to free from attachment; unfasten:
to unhitch a locomotive from a train.
verb (used without object)
to become uncoupled or unfastened.
Origin of unhitch
First recorded in 1615-25; un-2 + hitch1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sometimes twice in one day we had to unhitch the ox and pull him out.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service
  • His chum dug some snow from his ears and ran forward to unhitch the sleds.

    A Son of the City

    Herman Gastrell Seely
  • The guv'nor had got off, no doubt, to unhitch that heavy gate—the one you had to lift.

    Beyond John Galsworthy
  • Presently they went back and turned their wagons into the siding and began to unhitch.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • He did not stop to unhitch the horses, just hooking them to the corral fence.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • "Tell them to unhitch," said Sam, mindful of the duties of hospitality.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • We unhitch, and lead the mules to the gap, where she joins us.

  • Stud hurried off to unhitch while Gus helped Early Ann with her bundles.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • First let me unhitch him, I cried, seizing the spirited beast by the bridle.

    The Funny Side of Physic A. D. Crabtre
  • Don't folks ever unhitch other folks' horses to put 'em in their stable?

    Old Caravan Days Mary Hartwell Catherwood
Word Origin and History for unhitch

1620s, from un- (2) + hitch (v.). Related: Unhitched; unhitching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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