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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The refugees were done; the pirates had unsheathed their knives for the butcher's work.

    The House Under the Sea

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

  • He unsheathed the stubray gun and prepared to blast the cylinder.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
  • A dozen Steel-Blues were watching as Jon put on his helmet and unsheathed his stubray.

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

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • He could not imagine what had made the sound, and he unsheathed his knife.

  • Philippe unsheathed his sword, and passed it through the railings.

    The Queen's Necklace

    Alexandre Dumas pre
British Dictionary definitions for unsheathed


(transitive) to draw or pull out (something, esp a weapon) from a sheath or other covering
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unsheathed



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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