- freed or loosened from being fastened or stuck: When firmly pushed, the door became unstuck.
- out of order, control, or coherence; undone: Their well-laid plans came unstuck under pressure.
Origin of unstuck
- to free, as one thing stuck to another.
- to become unstuck: Finally, the car's horn unstuck.
Origin of unstick
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Examples from the Web for unstuck
It took me a while to figure out I needed closure to get unstuck.Magic Johnson: I Survived
May 16, 2011
"You mean things get unstuck so on the voyage," murmured Constantia.The Garden Party
"I have never wished so hard in my life, Sir, to be unstuck," said he.
He unstuck the snag from his shirt, pushed his way out of the thicket, and sat down weakly on the grass.David and the Phoenix
- freed from being stuck, glued, fastened, etc
- come unstuck to suffer failure or disaster
- (tr) to free or loosen (something stuck)
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Idioms and Phrases with unstuck
see under come apart at the seams.
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