- simple past tense and past participle of unstring.
- having the string or strings loosened or removed, as a bow or harp.
- weakened or nervously unhinged, as a person or a person's nerves; unnerved; discomposed: The incident left him unstrung.
Origin of unstring
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Examples from the Web for unstrung
His mind had long been t a great tension, and this shock had unstrung him.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
In fact, his nerves were so unstrung that he would not be able to sleep for many hours to come.Adrift on the Pacific
Edward S. Ellis
She was sadly confused and unstrung, her thoughts awhirl and nerves ajangle.Nobody
Louis Joseph Vance
It should be straight when unstrung, and unstrung when not in use.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
But you're afraid he did, and that keeps you unstrung and unhappy.Mary Louise in the Country
L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
- emotionally distressed; unnerved
- (of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached
- to remove the strings of
- (of beads, pearls, etc) to remove or take from a string
- to weaken or enfeeble emotionally (a person or his nerves)
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Word Origin and History for unstrung
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