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unstrung

[uhn-struhng] /ʌnˈstrʌŋ/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unstring.
adjective
2.
having the string or strings loosened or removed, as a bow or harp.
3.
weakened or nervously unhinged, as a person or a person's nerves; unnerved; discomposed:
The incident left him unstrung.

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 strung

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)

unstrung

/ʌnˈstrʌŋ/
adjective
1.
emotionally distressed; unnerved
2.
(of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached
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Word Origin and History for un strung

unstrung

adj.

1590s, "with strings relaxed" (of a harp, etc.), from un- (1) "not" + past participle of string (v.). Transferred sense of "weakened, unnerved" is recorded from 1690s.

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