[ uhn-hich ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to free from attachment; unfasten: to unhitch a locomotive from a train.

verb (used without object)
  1. to become uncoupled or unfastened.

Origin of unhitch

First recorded in 1615–25; un-2 + hitch1

Words Nearby unhitch

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How to use unhitch in a sentence

  • I took a good gap and a stretch, and was just going to unhitch and start when I heard a sound away over the water.

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete | Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • Among others Slavin sauntered up good-naturedly, making himself agreeable to Sandy and those who were helping to unhitch his team.

    Black Rock | Ralph Connor
  • While the water was heating, Mrs. Vernon showed the girls how to hitch and unhitch Hepsy.

    Girl Scouts at Dandelion Camp | Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • First let me unhitch him, I cried, seizing the spirited beast by the bridle.

    The Funny Side of Physic | A. D. Crabtre
  • Frenzied fingers unhitch the poor frozen brute and drag it from the water.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service