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[uhn-bahr] /ʌnˈbɑr/
verb (used with object), unbarred, unbarring.
to remove a bar or bars from; open; unlock; unbolt:
to unbar a door.
Origin of unbar
1300-50; Middle English unbarren. See un-2, bar1 Unabridged
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  • On the weed-grown path beside him lay a revolver, as if he had dropped it out of his hand when he started to unbar the gates.

    The Red Symbol John Ironside
  • She managed to creep to the window and unbar the shutter an inch or two.

    The Lowest Rung Mary Cholmondeley
  • With soothing words the Sister bade her wait, Until she brought the key to unbar the gate.

    Legends and Lyrics: Second Series Adelaide Anne Procter
  • The man began to unbar the door, and stopped, struck by a fresh doubt.

    The People Of The Mist H. Rider Haggard
  • He had the right of way—let them unbar it, or crash to destruction—all three!

  • “We must not unbar the door or the shutters yet,” said the woman anxiously.

    The Green Door Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He was carried on a litter to the iron gate of the tomb; but she, fearing treachery, would not unbar the door.

  • "You must unbar them yourself, Master Nowell," replied Nicholas.

    The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth
  • If only we could make some one of our folk hear without too much noise, they could unbar it from their side.

    A King's Comrade Charles Whistler
  • Then why did you not come to the side entrance instead of forcing us to unbar here?

    Lysbeth H. Rider Haggard
British Dictionary definitions for unbar


verb (transitive) -bars, -barring, -barred
to take away a bar or bars from
to unfasten bars, locks, etc, from (a door); open
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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