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[uhn-hich] /ʌnˈhɪtʃ/
verb (used with object)
to free from attachment; unfasten:
to unhitch a locomotive from a train.
verb (used without object)
to become uncoupled or unfastened.
Origin of unhitch
1615-25; un-2 + hitch1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If I were to unhitch the cow, and turn her loose, I knew where she would go.

  • He did not stop to unhitch the horses, just hooking them to the corral fence.

    The Watchers of the Plains Ridgewell Cullum
  • "Yaw," was the laconic grunt of the hostler, as he proceeded to unhitch old bald-face from his rigging.

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
  • "Tell them to unhitch," said Sam, mindful of the duties of hospitality.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
  • As Harold was helping to unhitch the team the girl came around and studied him with care.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • His chum dug some snow from his ears and ran forward to unhitch the sleds.

    A Son of the City Herman Gastrell Seely
  • You can unhitch and unharness just beyond; but I want that safe unloaded and put in here.

    Foes in Ambush Charles King
  • Stud hurried off to unhitch while Gus helped Early Ann with her bundles.

    Plowing On Sunday Sterling North
  • Presently they went back and turned their wagons into the siding and began to unhitch.

    Eben Holden Irving Bacheller
  • This was at once set upon by the people, who attempted to unhitch the oxen and destroy it.

    The Social Cancer Jos Rizal
Word Origin and History for unhitch

1620s, from un- (2) + hitch (v.). Related: Unhitched; unhitching.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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