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[uhn-hoo k]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to detach by or as if by releasing a hook: to unhook a tractor from a trailer.
  2. to unfasten or open by undoing a hook or hooks: to unhook a door; to unhook a corset.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become unhooked.
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Origin of unhook

First recorded in 1605–15; un-2 + hook1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for unhook

save, rescue, free, redeem, detach, emancipate, decipher, unravel, undo, slacken, relax, ease, loose, unlock, untie, alleviate, unscrew, loosen, disembarrass, deliver

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Contemporary Examples of unhook

Historical Examples of unhook

  • "I beg you to go and unhook it," said he, beseeching his companion.

    Therese Raquin

    Emile Zola

  • We'll unhook on the side of that hill there, away from the road.

    Pushed and the Return Push

    George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)

  • She ignored the gist of this remark, and began to unhook the collar of her jacket.

    A Woman's Will

    Anne Warner

  • Her uncle's only answer was to lift her up and unhook the new belt of which she was so proud.

    Eight Cousins

    Louisa M. Alcott

  • When going to unhook it I found that its small mouth was fixed in the meat.

British Dictionary definitions for unhook


  1. (tr) to remove (something) from a hook
  2. (tr) to unfasten the hook of (a dress, etc)
  3. (intr) to become unfastened or be capable of unfasteningthe dress wouldn't unhook
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