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[uhn-klasp, -klahsp]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to undo the clasp or clasps of; unfasten.
  2. to release from the grasp: to unclasp a sword handle.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become unclasped, as the hands or arms.
  2. to release or relax the grasp.
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Origin of unclasp

First recorded in 1520–30; un-2 + clasp
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  1. (tr) to unfasten the clasp of (something)
  2. to release one's grip (upon an object)
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