- to draw from a sheath, as a sword, knife, or the like.
- to bring or put forth from a covering, threateningly or otherwise.
Origin of unsheathe
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Examples from the Web for unsheathe
I doubt that Clinton would choose the occasion of remarks she intended to be private as her opportunity to unsheathe the sword.Kudos to Hillary for Playing the Hitler Card
March 7, 2014
Unsheathe me and die thyself, but the battle shall be stayed.Paul the Minstrel and Other Stories
Arthur Christopher Benson
The despotism of Turkey is often obliged by clamor to unsheathe the sword.Washington and the American Republic, Vol. 3.
Benson J. Lossing
Cast off the yoke, break your chains, raise hosannas, unsheathe your swords.Jeremiah
Allan stepped aside, yet did not attempt to unsheathe his sword.The Thirsty Sword
Never will I unsheathe my sword to aid the cause of tyranny and injustice—such vile work I leave to slaves and hirelings.The Circassian Chief
- (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
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