verb (used with object)

to loosen, unfasten, or detach, as something lashed or tied fast.

Origin of unlash

First recorded in 1740–50; un-2 + lash2
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Examples from the Web for unlash

Historical Examples of unlash

  • Next he was at my side ordering me to unlash the wheel and stand by.

    News from the Duchy

    Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch

  • Unlash your rope, let the noose out, give it a couple of whirls to see is everything all right.

    Merton of the Movies

    Harry Leon Wilson

  • I therefore proceeded to unlash one and roll it toward the still open gangway; and then came the question of provisions.

    A Pirate of the Caribbees

    Harry Collingwood

  • For a long time he lay there, then rising stiffly, made his way down the ledge to drag the raft ashore and unlash the sleds.

    The Purple Flame

    Roy J. Snell

  • While the man lay by the fire and wept, she cooked, and in the morning helped lash the sleds, and in the evening to unlash them.

British Dictionary definitions for unlash



(tr) to untie or unfasten
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