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unglue

[uhn-gloo]
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verb (used with object), un·glued, un·glu·ing.
  1. to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent: to unglue a sticker from a wall.
  2. Slang.
    1. to confuse or upset: He was unglued by his opponent's superb defense.
    2. to cause to fail or lose effectiveness.
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Origin of unglue

First recorded in 1540–50; un-2 + glue
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Examples from the Web for unglue

Historical Examples

  • However, as the officer's sword will not unglue, I hope nothing will come of it.

    Puppets at Large

    F. Anstey

  • And unless we unglue ourselves from the vanities which imperil our existence we shall fall too.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine


Word Origin and History for unglue

v.

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

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