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unstring

[uhn-string] /ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (used with object), unstrung, unstringing.
1.
to deprive of strings:
to unstring a violin.
2.
to take from a string:
to unstring beads.
3.
to loosen the strings of:
to unstring a bow.
4.
to relax the tension of.
5.
to relax unduly, or weaken (the nerves).
6.
to weaken the nerves of.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; un-2 + string
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British Dictionary definitions for un string

unstring

/ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (transitive) -strings, -stringing, -strung
1.
to remove the strings of
2.
(of beads, pearls, etc) to remove or take from a string
3.
to weaken or enfeeble emotionally (a person or his nerves)
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