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[uhn-pin] /ʌnˈpɪn/
verb (used with object), unpinned, unpinning.
to remove pins from.
to unfasten or loosen by or as if by removing a pin; detach.
Origin of unpin
1300-50; Middle English unpynnen to unbolt; see un-2, pin Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He made his way into the ill-lighted sitting-room, and began to unpin his shawl.

    Tiverton Tales Alice Brown
  • She seated herself, and began to unpin the travelling veil from her hat.

    The Master Mummer E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • He stood watching her unpin her hat before the mirror, and pull at her gloves.

    Cynthia Leonard Merrick
  • She read it, passed it back, and then began to unpin Joan's hat.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions
  • She left the window, turned back, and began to unpin her hat.

    Light O' The Morning L. T. Meade
  • "The deadest kind," she answered, as she bent her head for Nan to unpin her veil.

    The Messenger

    Elizabeth Robins
  • "I'll just unpin my hat," said Janey, and she went over to the dressing-table.

    The Garden Party Katherine Mansfield
  • She had put the flowers on the table and had raised her hands to unpin her hat when she saw it.

    Dangerous Days Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • She began anew to unpin her hair, when a second time the same noise in the passage alarmed her.


    Charlotte Turner Smith
  • McCloud took down the receiver, and Dicksie put her hands slowly to her head to unpin her hat.

    Whispering Smith Frank H. Spearman
British Dictionary definitions for unpin


verb (transitive) -pins, -pinning, -pinned
to remove a pin or pins from
to unfasten by removing pins
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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