[ uhn-stuhk ]
/ ʌnˈstʌk /


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.


Nearby words

  1. unstriated,
  2. unstring,
  3. unstriped,
  4. unstructured,
  5. unstrung,
  6. unstudied,
  7. unsub,
  8. unsubscribe,
  9. unsubsidized,
  10. unsubstantial

Origin of unstuck


[ uhn-stik ]
/ ʌnˈstɪk /

verb (used with object), un·stuck, un·stick·ing.

to free, as one thing stuck to another.

verb (used without object), un·stuck, un·stick·ing.

to become unstuck: Finally, the car's horn unstuck.

Origin of unstick

First recorded in 1700–10; un-2 + stick2

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British Dictionary definitions for unstuck


/ (ʌnˈstʌk) /


freed from being stuck, glued, fastened, etc
come unstuck to suffer failure or disaster


/ (ʌnˈstɪk) /

verb -sticks, -sticking or -stuck

(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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