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[uhn-sheeth ] /ʌnˈʃið/
verb (used with object), unsheathed, unsheathing.
to draw from a sheath, as a sword, knife, or the like.
to bring or put forth from a covering, threateningly or otherwise.
Origin of unsheathe
1325-75; Middle English unshethen to dislodge; see un-2, sheathe Unabridged
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  • But she was standing upright before the open fire, an unsheathed cavalry saber in her hand.

  • Wondering, the German unsheathed the weapon, and proffered the hilt to his master.

  • The moment he found himself inside Kuratko he unsheathed his claws and began to scratch and to tear.

    The Shoemaker's Apron Parker Fillmore
  • A dozen Steel-Blues were watching as Jon put on his helmet and unsheathed his stubray.

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  • Nor did the sneer leave his face when Mount slammed and locked the door behind him, and unsheathed his broad hunting-knife.

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  • He unsheathed it, then got up, and moved behind the seated Nova Scotian.

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  • Timur rode up to them before the commencement of the battle, greeted them lovingly, and unsheathed his sword before them.

British Dictionary definitions for unsheathed


(transitive) to draw or pull out (something, esp a weapon) from a sheath or other covering
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Word Origin and History for unsheathed



late 14c. (implied in unsheathed), from un- (1) "not" + sheathe. Related: Unsheathing.

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