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[uhn-hoo k] /ʌnˈhʊk/
verb (used with object)
to detach by or as if by releasing a hook:
to unhook a tractor from a trailer.
to unfasten or open by undoing a hook or hooks:
to unhook a door; to unhook a corset.
verb (used without object)
to become unhooked.
Origin of unhook
First recorded in 1605-15; un-2 + hook1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She ignored the gist of this remark, and began to unhook the collar of her jacket.

    A Woman's Will Anne Warner
  • Her uncle's only answer was to lift her up and unhook the new belt of which she was so proud.

    Eight Cousins Louisa M. Alcott
  • I found I could pull back the bolts easily enough and unhook the great chains; but the door was locked, and the key was gone!

    Dracula Bram Stoker
  • "I beg you to go and unhook it," said he, beseeching his companion.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • Then the first thing Caryl did was to turn upon Viny and unhook the precious brooch as a low sob came from her white lips.

  • We'll unhook on the side of that hill there, away from the road.

    Pushed and the Return Push George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
  • Well, if you unhook them danglin' things and peek through 'em, you'll find the brightest colors!

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • When going to unhook it I found that its small mouth was fixed in the meat.

    On the Banks of the Amazon W.H.G. Kingston
  • No one could unhook a bag like me, and heave it over my shoulder—tock!

    The New Book Of Martyrs Georges Duhamel
British Dictionary definitions for unhook


(transitive) to remove (something) from a hook
(transitive) to unfasten the hook of (a dress, etc)
(intransitive) to become unfastened or be capable of unfastening: the dress wouldn't unhook
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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