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[uhn-sling] /ʌnˈslɪŋ/
verb (used with object), unslung, unslinging.
to remove (something) from being slung:
to unsling a rifle from one's shoulder.
Nautical. to take off the slings of; release from slings.
Origin of unsling
First recorded in 1620-30; un-2 + sling1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • You, Ned, unsling your gun, and the first rattler you see give him a charge of small shot.

    The Peril Finders George Manville Fenn
  • To unsling my rifle and fire at him was the work of half a minute.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • unsling the knapsack, or take off your pack (unless you lie down upon it), and make yourself as comfortable as you can.

    How to Camp Out John M. Gould
  • They drew up sharply and could be seen to unsling their muskets.

    The North Pacific Willis Boyd Allen
  • Our Colonel ordered the men to fall back a few yards to a fence, unsling their blankets, and fix bayonets.

  • From my precious bugle I had never parted, even to unsling it, since leaving Figueira.

    The Adventures of Harry Revel Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • We are ordered to unsling our knapsacks and pile them together.

    The Song of the Rappahannock Ira Seymour Dodd
  • But before we have time even to unsling knapsacks, the order comes, "Fall in!"

  • But the Armenians had their bows, too, and one by one they started to unsling them.

  • Near us sat eight members of a Mannerchor, whose first act was to unsling a long curved horn capable of holding a gallon.

British Dictionary definitions for unsling


verb (transitive) -slings, -slinging, -slung
to remove or release from a slung position
to remove slings from
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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