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verb (used with object)
  1. to take the hand or hands from; release from a grasp; let go: Unhand me, you wretched coward!
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Origin of unhand

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + hand
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Examples from the Web for unhand

Historical Examples of unhand

  • And now, gentlemen, if you will unhand me, I will return to my apartments.

    The Suitors of Yvonne

    Raphael Sabatini

  • I pray you unhand me, Humphrey; my old friend, you are too rough.

    Sir Ludar

    Talbot Baines Reed

  • "Unhand me, sir," he said, in a voice of angry expostulation.

  • "Unhand me," muttered Juliet in a tone of intense, but suppressed fury.

  • "Unhand me, woman," said Vonnie, but she immediately took his arm again.

    The Boy Grew Older

    Heywood Broun

British Dictionary definitions for unhand


  1. (tr) archaic, or literary to release from the grasp
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Word Origin and History for unhand


c.1600, "to release from one's grasp," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of hand (n.).

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