unsheathe

[uhn-sheeth]
verb (used with object), un·sheathed, un·sheath·ing.
  1. to draw from a sheath, as a sword, knife, or the like.
  2. to bring or put forth from a covering, threateningly or otherwise.

Origin of unsheathe

1325–75; Middle English unshethen to dislodge; see un-2, sheathe
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unsheathe

verb
  1. (tr) to draw or pull out (something, esp a weapon) from a sheath or other covering
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Word Origin and History for unsheathe
v.

late 14c. (implied in unsheathed), from un- (1) "not" + sheathe. Related: Unsheathing.

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