- to remove (a door or the like) from hinges.
- to open wide by or as if by removing supporting hinges: to unhinge one's jaws.
- to upset; unbalance; disorient; throw into confusion or turmoil: to unhinge the mind.
- to dislocate or disrupt the normal operation of; unsettle: to unhinge plans.
- to detach or separate from something.
- to cause to waver or vacillate: to unhinge supporters of conservative policies.
Origin of unhinge
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Examples from the Web for unhinge
I know any sort of middle ground will unhinge lefties and righties both, but don't despair.'Mission Accomplished'
Leslie H. Gelb
June 24, 2011
The music that emanated from this group was enough to unhinge the mind.Pagan Passions
Gordon Randall Garrett
If I once give way to favour or sentiment, I unhinge my whole system.Kenelm Chillingly, Complete
I've gone through enough to unhinge any woman's mind; but, no, I am not mad.The Day of Judgment
The catlike creeping in between him and his constituents had also served to unhinge him.The Sunset Trail
Alfred Henry Lewis
But all this is but a vain imagination, fit only to unhinge weak minds.The Queen Pedauque
- to remove (a door, gate, etc) from its hinges
- to derange or unbalance (a person, his mind, etc)
- to disrupt or unsettle (a process or state of affairs)
- (usually foll by from) to detach or dislodge
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Word Origin and History for unhinge
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