- not limber; inflexible; stiff.
Origin of unlimber1
- to detach (a gun) from its limber or prime mover.
- to make ready for use or action.
- to prepare for action.
- the act of changing a gun from traveling to firing position.
Origin of unlimber2
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Examples from the Web for unlimber
Come now, little boy, unlimber your mind and let us know what it is.Dave Porter At Bear Camp
Take up Bach, if you must unlimber your fingers and your wits.Old Fogy
We hastened to get into position and unlimber before they could get the range.A Battery at Close Quarters
Henry M. Neil
They were so crowded among the guns, that the gunners could not unlimber.The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.III.
E. Farr and E. H. Nolan
"Now we're for it," I said to myself, and gave the order to unlimber the guns.Bullets & Billets
- (tr) to disengage (a gun) from its limber
- to prepare (something) for use
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Word Origin and History for unlimber
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