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unharness

[uhn-hahr-nis] /ʌnˈhɑr nɪs/
verb (used with object)
1.
to strip of harness; detach the harness from (a horse, mule, etc.).
2.
to divest of armor, as a knight or warhorse.
Origin
1400-1450
1400-50; Middle English onharnesen. See un-2, harness
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  • Now have them unload their gun, lower it down off the stand, unharness themselves and safely descend from the tree stand.
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unharness

/ʌnˈhɑːnɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to remove the harness from (a horse, etc)
2.
(archaic) to remove the armour from
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Word Origin and History for unharness
v.

mid-15c., "divest of armor," from un- (2) + harness (v.). Cf. Dutch ontharnassen "to disarm." Meaning "to free (a horse) from harness" is recorded from 1610s. Related: Unharnessed; unharnessing.

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