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[uhn-hinj] /ʌnˈhɪndʒ/
verb (used with object), unhinged, unhinging.
to remove (a door or the like) from hinges.
to open wide by or as if by removing supporting hinges:
to unhinge one's jaws.
to upset; unbalance; disorient; throw into confusion or turmoil:
to unhinge the mind.
to dislocate or disrupt the normal operation of; unsettle:
to unhinge plans.
to detach or separate from something.
to cause to waver or vacillate:
to unhinge supporters of conservative policies.
Origin of unhinge
1605-15; un-2 + hinge
Related forms
unhingement, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for unhinge
  • Indeed, the fossils bear skulls similar to those found in modern snakes that can almost completely unhinge their lower jaw.
  • If he can't win the game himself, he'll unhinge the opposition to set up someone else.
  • And because their jaws unhinge, the snakes can eat prey much larger than they are.
  • Living in the archives and my new interest in starvation have also done a lot to unhinge my devotion to eating three meals a day.
  • They were designed to undermine our spirit, unhinge our reason, and fog our vision.
  • Such is the power of charm to unhinge righteous principle.
  • Snakes have unique skulls designed so that they can unhinge their jaws, and swallow prey several times larger than their head.
  • The trouble was my hand was such a large morsel that it had to unhinge its jaws for the strike and then could not let go.
  • To hold otherwise would unhinge this statutory framework.
British Dictionary definitions for unhinge


verb (transitive)
to remove (a door, gate, etc) from its hinges
to derange or unbalance (a person, his mind, etc)
to disrupt or unsettle (a process or state of affairs)
(usually foll by from) to detach or dislodge
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Word Origin and History for unhinge

recorded earlier in the mental sense of "to disorder" the mind, etc. (1612) than in the literal one of "to take (a door, etc.) off its hinges" (1616); from un- (2) + hinge (v.). Related: Unhinged; unhinging.

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