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unbar

[uhn-bahr]
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verb (used with object), un·barred, un·bar·ring.
  1. to remove a bar or bars from; open; unlock; unbolt: to unbar a door.
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Origin of unbar

First recorded in 1300–50, unbar is from the Middle English word unbarren. See un-2, bar1
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Examples from the Web for unbar

Historical Examples

  • She handed him his hat and stick, and turned to unbar the door.

    The Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton, Part 1 (of 10)

    Edith Wharton

  • She managed to creep to the window and unbar the shutter an inch or two.

    The Lowest Rung

    Mary Cholmondeley

  • He had the right of way—let them unbar it, or crash to destruction—all three!

  • The man began to unbar the door, and stopped, struck by a fresh doubt.

    The People Of The Mist

    H. Rider Haggard

  • She heard him unbar the back-door, and go out into the yard.

    Desperate Remedies

    Thomas Hardy


British Dictionary definitions for unbar

unbar

verb -bars, -barring or -barred (tr)
  1. to take away a bar or bars from
  2. to unfasten bars, locks, etc, from (a door); open
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