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unclench

[uhn-klench]
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verb (used with or without object)
  1. to open or become opened from a clenched state.
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Also un·clinch [uhn-klinch] /ʌnˈklɪntʃ/.

Origin of unclench

First recorded in 1300–50, unclench is from the Middle English word unclenchen. See un-2, clench
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  • He tries to draw it back, but it is clenched, and he has not the wisdom to unclench it.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Tug as he would at the old man's wrists, the hangman could not force him to unclench his hands.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • Nor did he unclench his hands during all the time they sang.

  • But his fists would clench and unclench as he stared up at the visi-screen.

    Hawk Carse

    Anthony Gilmore

  • She saw his nostrils dilate and his fists clench and unclench.

    H. R.

    Edwin Lefevre