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unsaddle

[uhn-sad-l] /ʌnˈsæd l/
verb (used with object), unsaddled, unsaddling.
1.
to take the saddle from.
2.
to cause to fall or dismount from a saddle; unhorse.
verb (used without object), unsaddled, unsaddling.
3.
to take the saddle from a horse.
Origin of unsaddle
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unsadelen; see un-2, saddle; compare Dutch ontsadelen, Old High German intsatalôn
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Examples from the Web for unsaddle
Historical Examples
  • “Get off your horse and unsaddle him,” commanded Rathburn sternly.

    The Coyote James Roberts
  • unsaddle the horses and prepare the noon-day meal under the trees.

    Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer Cyrus Townsend Brady
  • I followed him round, and appeared just as the servant was about to unsaddle him.

  • I am going out to look after my horse and will unsaddle your horses for you also.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • We did not take off our clothes nor unsaddle our horses, tired as we were.

    Beasts, Men and Gods Ferdinand Ossendowski
  • We were left to unsaddle our horses and dispose of them as best we might.

    The Scalp Hunters Mayne Reid
  • It was nigh noon, and we had stopped at the cabin to unsaddle and bait.

    The Confidence-Man Herman Melville
  • His companions leaped down and prepared to unsaddle their horses.

    The Rebel Chief Gustave Aimard
  • Here, Joe, take the horses and unsaddle them and tether them out somewhere.

    The Major Ralph Connor
  • John slid off and waved a hand at the drooping beast, then began to unsaddle him.

British Dictionary definitions for unsaddle

unsaddle

/ʌnˈsædəl/
verb
1.
to remove the saddle from (a horse, mule, etc)
2.
(transitive) to unhorse
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