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unkennel

[uhn-ken-l]
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verb (used with object), un·ken·neled, un·ken·nel·ing or (especially British) un·ken·nelled, un·ken·nel·ling.
  1. to drive (a fox or other animal) from a den or lair.
  2. to release from or as if from a kennel: to unkennel hounds before a hunt; to unkennel a gang of cutthroats.
  3. to make known; disclose or uncover.
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verb (used without object), un·ken·neled, un·ken·nel·ing or (especially British) un·ken·nelled, un·ken·nel·ling.
  1. to come out of a kennel, den, lair, or the like.
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Origin of unkennel

First recorded in 1570–80; un-2 + kennel1
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Examples from the Web for unkennel

Historical Examples

  • It is the intention of the first consul gradually to unkennel this clattering race of females, when it can be done with safety.

    The Stranger in France

    John Carr

  • Now, said he to his captains, as he found himself beyond the Marches, we must unkennel this young red fox.

  • When they unkennel a lion or a tiger, they pursue him till he stops to defend himself.


British Dictionary definitions for unkennel

unkennel

verb -nels, -nelling or -nelled or US -nels, -neling or -neled (tr)
  1. to release from a kennel
  2. to drive from a hole or lair
  3. rare to bring to light
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