unhand

[uhn-hand]
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verb (used with object)

to take the hand or hands from; release from a grasp; let go: Unhand me, you wretched coward!

Nearby words

  1. unh-unh,
  2. unhair,
  3. unhallow,
  4. unhallowed,
  5. unhampered,
  6. unhandled,
  7. unhandsome,
  8. unhandy,
  9. unhappily,
  10. unhappy

Origin of unhand

First recorded in 1595–1605; un-2 + hand

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British Dictionary definitions for unhand

unhand

verb

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

unhand

v.

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

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