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verb (used with object), un·slung, un·sling·ing.
  1. to remove (something) from being slung: to unsling a rifle from one's shoulder.
  2. Nautical. to take off the slings of; release from slings.
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Origin of unsling

First recorded in 1620–30; un-2 + sling1
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Examples from the Web for unsling

Historical Examples of unsling

  • To unsling my rifle and fire at him was the work of half a minute.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan

    Charles James Lever

  • I was about to unsling the basket from my shoulders, as I spoke, but he hastily stopped me.

    Under the Meteor Flag

    Harry Collingwood

  • But the Armenians had their bows, too, and one by one they started to unsling them.

  • We formed in column by companies and were told to "unsling knapsacks."

    Diary of an Enlisted Man

    Lawrence Van Alstyne

  • I had hardly time to unsling my rifle before he bounded away.

British Dictionary definitions for unsling


verb -slings, -slinging or -slung (tr)
  1. to remove or release from a slung position
  2. to remove slings from
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