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unstrung

[uhn-struhng] /ʌnˈstrʌŋ/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unstring.
adjective
2.
having the string or strings loosened or removed, as a bow or harp.
3.
weakened or nervously unhinged, as a person or a person's nerves; unnerved; discomposed:
The incident left him unstrung.

unstring

[uhn-string] /ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (used with object), unstrung, unstringing.
1.
to deprive of strings:
to unstring a violin.
2.
to take from a string:
to unstring beads.
3.
to loosen the strings of:
to unstring a bow.
4.
to relax the tension of.
5.
to relax unduly, or weaken (the nerves).
6.
to weaken the nerves of.
Origin of unstring
1605-1615
1605-15; un-2 + string
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Examples from the Web for unstrung
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  • I am not going to have you go on the stage in a month looking like your own ghost and all unstrung.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • The violin, guitar, and dulcimer had lain utterly neglected and unstrung.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
  • He told us that sharp, harsh, or bitter words entered his soul like barbed iron and he was upset and unstrung for hours afterward.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • Recent excitement in Manti has left me very nervous and unstrung.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • You be all unstrung by your walk hither through the wood, Ann.

    Giles Corey, Yeoman Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • If it had—but I think all men who're unstrung nervously, as he is, have high tempers.

    No Clue James Hay
  • I shall make shift to sound the harp, if it be not unstrung.

  • The bow strained tightly for so many hours was now unstrung.

    First in the Field George Manville Fenn
  • Cabby was certainly here at his best—the bow was unstrung, and he seemed to be enjoying himself.

    Original Penny Readings George Manville Fenn
  • His mind had long been t a great tension, and this shock had unstrung him.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for unstrung

unstrung

/ʌnˈstrʌŋ/
adjective
1.
emotionally distressed; unnerved
2.
(of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached

unstring

/ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (transitive) -strings, -stringing, -strung
1.
to remove the strings of
2.
(of beads, pearls, etc) to remove or take from a string
3.
to weaken or enfeeble emotionally (a person or his nerves)
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Word Origin and History for unstrung
adj.

1590s, "with strings relaxed" (of a harp, etc.), from un- (1) "not" + past participle of string (v.). Transferred sense of "weakened, unnerved" is recorded from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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