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unleash

[uhn-leesh] /ʌnˈliʃ/
verb (used with object)
1.
to release from or as if from a leash; set loose to pursue or run at will.
2.
to abandon control of:
to unleash his fury.
Origin of unleash
1665-1675
First recorded in 1665-75; un-2 + leash
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  • He suddenly realized how puny man was against the forces man could unleash.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • A rage that he could not control, an anger that he wanted to unleash to its fullest.

    The Monster S. M. Tenneshaw
  • There was a power in her voice that she had not intended to unleash.

  • I unleash the Press-agent, and off he shoots, in time to get the story into the evening paper.

    The Man Upstairs P. G. Wodehouse
  • The great hit also seemed to unleash the fiery spirit which had waited its chance.

    The Young Pitcher Zane Grey
British Dictionary definitions for unleash

unleash

/ʌnˈliːʃ/
verb (transitive)
1.
to release from or as if from a leash
2.
to free from restraint or control
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Word Origin and History for unleash
v.

1670s, from un- (2) + leash (v.). Related: Unleashed; unleashing.

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