[ uhn-klench ]

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to open or become opened from a clenched state.

Origin of unclench

First recorded in 1300–50, unclench is from the Middle English word unclenchen.See un-2, clench
  • Also un·clinch [uhn-klinch]. /ʌnˈklɪntʃ/.

Words Nearby unclench

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How to use unclench in a sentence

  • Which means the bosses in Tehran will have to unclench their fists and make some face-saving gestures back toward President Obama.

    Hillary's Tricky Iran Game | Leslie H. Gelb | June 13, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • That was a brilliant line about how we will extend a hand to those who unclench their fists.

    Grading the Obama Speech | Christopher Buckley | January 20, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • The phrase was "we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist"-to say that we will get along.

    The Daily Beast D.C. Diary | The Daily Beast | January 19, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • My teeth were together so hard that I had to unclench them before I could answer, "As far away as we can get."

    The Old Die Rich | Horace Leonard Gold
  • He tried to make Pretty-Heart drink a few spoonfuls, but the poor little creature could not unclench his teeth.

    Nobody's Boy | Hector Malot
  • Her eyes shone with a strange light, and he saw her clench and unclench her hands like one in great pain.

    The Day of Judgment | Joseph Hocking
  • Hurley subsided, somewhat, but his huge fists continued to clench and unclench as the boy talked.

  • She struggled for self-control, and I saw her hands clench and unclench spasmodically.

    The Moon and Sixpence | W. Somerset Maugham