Origin of unstep

First recorded in 1850–55; un-2 + step
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Examples from the Web for unstep

Historical Examples of unstep

  • They had only to unstep its mast and lie flat in the cup of its soggy platform and they could not be spied half a mile away.

  • At length the branches extended so far across the passage that we were compelled to unstep the mast in order to pass under them.

    The Wanderers

    W.H.G. Kingston

British Dictionary definitions for unstep


verb -steps, -stepping or -stepped
  1. (tr) nautical to remove (a mast) from its step
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