unglue

[uhn-gloo]

verb (used with object), un·glued, un·glu·ing.

to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent: to unglue a sticker from a wall.
Slang.
  1. to confuse or upset: He was unglued by his opponent's superb defense.
  2. to cause to fail or lose effectiveness.

Origin of unglue

First recorded in 1540–50; un-2 + glue
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v.

1540s, from un- (2) "opposite of" + glue (v.). Related: Unglued; ungluing. Unglued in figurative sense is recorded from 1922.

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