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[uhn-hand] /ʌnˈhænd/
verb (used with object)
to take the hand or hands from; release from a grasp; let go:
Unhand me, you wretched coward!
Origin of unhand
1595-1605; un-2 + hand Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for unhand
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  • unhand that gentleman,” said Bowsprit, to two men who held the sick Mr Durocher prisoner.

    The Fatal Cord Mayne Reid
  • I pray you unhand me, Humphrey; my old friend, you are too rough.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • unhand me, thou foolish creature; it was not I that bereaved thee of thy paltry goods.

    The Prince and The Pauper, Complete Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
  • "unhand me," muttered Juliet in a tone of intense, but suppressed fury.

    Mildred at Roselands Martha Finley
  • "unhand me, woman," said Vonnie, but she immediately took his arm again.

    The Boy Grew Older Heywood Broun
  • I said—and her green eyes glittered just like one—“unhand his lordship!”

    Old Friends Andrew Lang
  • "unhand me, sir," he said, in a voice of angry expostulation.

  • The New Woman will scarcely feel the seat of power warm beneath her before giving to the assassin's "unhand me villain!"

  • We took all this quite humbly and asked him why he didn't see Ole himself and order him to unhand the lady.

    At Good Old Siwash George Fitch
  • He had rather expected the heavens to fall, or that at least Mrs. Prockter would exclaim: "unhand me, monster!"

British Dictionary definitions for unhand


(transitive) (archaic or literary) to release from the grasp
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unhand

c.1600, "to release from one's grasp," from un- (2) + verbal derivative of hand (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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