verb (used with object)
to strip of harness; detach the harness from (a horse, mule, etc.).
to divest of armor, as a knight or warhorse.

1400–50; Middle English onharnesen. See un-2, harness

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unharness (ʌnˈhɑːnɪs)
1.  to remove the harness from (a horse, etc)
2.  archaic to remove the armour from

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Word Origin & History

c.1435, "divest of armor," from un- (2) + harness (v.). Cf. Du. ontharnassen "to disarm." Meaning "to free (a horse) from harness" is recorded from 1611.
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Example sentences
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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