verb (used with object)

to bring out of a snarled condition; disentangle.

Origin of unsnarl

First recorded in 1545–55; un-2 + snarl2
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Examples from the Web for unsnarl

Historical Examples of unsnarl

  • "He must come to unsnarl the tangle he has made here," replied the detective.

    Little Bobtail

    Oliver Optic

  • Phyllis, your friend and I are relations of some sort; come, unsnarl us.

    The Wyndam Girls

    Marion Ames Taggart

  • He gave up trying to unsnarl the tangle of his own feelings.

    World of the Drone

    Robert Abernathy

  • For, seeing traffic thus blocked, the policeman rushed to unsnarl the tangle.

    Bransford of Rainbow Range

    Eugene Manlove Rhodes

  • The new dog driver, in attempting to unsnarl the traces of his dogs, had let them get away from him.

    The North Pole

    Robert E. Peary

British Dictionary definitions for unsnarl



(tr) to free from a snarl or tangle
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