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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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  • Presently they unslung carbines, and I distinctly heard galloping.

    The Cavalier George Washington Cable
  • Rapidly he unslung from his belt the apparatus he used to capture meteors.

    Salvage in Space John Stewart Williamson
  • Then he loosed her arms from about his neck and unslung the baby from her shoulders.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson
  • He held out his throwing stick and unslung his quiver of lances.

    The Hohokam Dig Theodore Pratt
  • He unslung the pack from his back, and removed from the straps a little axe.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • With those words Ned unslung the glasses, and adjusted the same to his eyes.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Meanwhile, Ned had unslung his glasses and was adjusting them to his eyes.

    Boy Scouts on Hudson Bay G. Harvey Ralphson
  • Clarence shifted his shovel from his shoulders, unslung his pan, and looked at Flynn.

  • Then he snapped down the visor of his helmet, unslung his carbine, and presented it.

    A Slave is a Slave Henry Beam Piper
  • Ivar unslung a hammock from a hook on the wall; in it was rolled a buffalo robe.

    O Pioneers! Willa Cather
British Dictionary definitions for unslung


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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