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[uhn-buhk-uh l] /ʌnˈbʌk əl/
verb (used without object), unbuckled, unbuckling.
to unfasten the buckle or buckles of.
to undo a buckle.
Origin of unbuckle
1350-1400; Middle English unboclen. See un-2, buckle Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for unbuckle
  • unbuckle waist straps, use a long stick for stability, and face upstream while crossing.
  • To prevent being pulled under by its weight, unbuckle your pack's waist strap so you can shed it if you fall in.
  • unbuckle the waist belt of your pack and loosen the shoulder straps.
  • He apparently was unable to unbuckle his lap and shoulder restraint and drowned.
  • unbuckle the seatbelt and have a simple plan of action in case of ice break through.
  • If peers chastise them for wearing a safety belt, many teens will unbuckle it.
  • He attempted to unbuckle his seatbelt, but could not do so.
  • Buckles are required to be stiff enough so kids cannot unbuckle them.
  • Appellant said he was going to show her something, and he began to unbuckle his pants.
Word Origin and History for unbuckle

late 14c., from un- (2) "reverse of" + buckle (v.1). Related: Unbuckled; unbuckling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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