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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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  • Instantly he unslung his tray and set it upon the level gate-post.

  • Koolau dropped back and unslung one of his heavy cartridge-belts.

    The House of Pride Jack London
  • The carbines of the platoon had been unslung, and the men were in readiness to fire a volley when the time came.

    In The Saddle Oliver Optic
  • They discovered the formidable obstacle in their path, and halting, unslung their guns.

    Field and Forest Oliver Optic
  • He unslung the firearm, thinking he might have occasion to use it.

  • He now unslung the rifle from his back and handed it to John.

  • The enemy's cavalry--between them and safety, only a hundred yards distant--had unslung their carbines, and opened fire.

  • With those words Ned unslung the glasses, and adjusted the same to his eyes.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Immediately every swordsman's blade gleamed in the darkness, and every archer's bow was unslung, and an arrow affixed.

  • Meanwhile, Ned had unslung his glasses and was adjusting them to his eyes.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
British Dictionary definitions for unslung


verb (transitive) -slings, -slinging, -slung
to remove or release from a slung position
to remove slings from
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