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unlay

[uhn-ley] /ʌnˈleɪ/
verb (used with object), unlaid, unlaying.
1.
to separate (a strand) from a rope.
2.
to untwist (a rope) in order to separate its strands.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; un-2 + lay1
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unlay

/ʌnˈleɪ/
verb -lays, -laying, -laid
1.
(transitive) to untwist (a rope or cable) to separate its strands
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