- to strip of harness; detach the harness from (a horse, mule, etc.).
- to divest of armor, as a knight or warhorse.
Origin of unharness
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Examples from the Web for unharness
He began to unharness before the first sentence was finished.The Forbidden Trail
He hoped that his father would not come and help him unharness the horses.
Afraid,” growled the fellow, proceeding to unharness his horse; “that was the word, I think.Lavengro
He said he put the package on the wagon-seat, and got out to unharness the horse.
Unharness the Sawhorse, somebody; my fingers are too clumsy.The Lost Princess of Oz
L. Frank Baum
- to remove the harness from (a horse, etc)
- archaic to remove the armour from
Word Origin and History for unharness
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper