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 unbarring

Historical Examples of unbarring

  • She went to the window, and unbarring the shutters, opened it.

    Temporal Power

    Marie Corelli

  • She was busy unbolting and unbarring by now, and Miss Clotilda had disappeared.

    The Old Pincushion

    Mrs. Molesworth

  • Unbarring the door, he opened it, entered, and closed it carefully behind him.

    If Any Man Sin

    H. A. Cody

  • She had come to the first barn now, and, unbarring the door, went in.

    The Good Comrade

    Una L. Silberrad

  • There was a noise of unbarring and unlocking the front door, which opened straight from the night into the room.

    Sons and Lovers

    David Herbert Lawrence

British Dictionary definitions for unbarring


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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