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unhorse

[uhn-hawrs] /ʌnˈhɔrs/
verb (used with object), unhorsed, unhorsing.
1.
to cause to fall from a horse, as in battle; dislodge from the saddle:
Sir Gawain unhorsed the strange knight.
2.
to defeat; overcome; dislodge, as from a position or office:
His vigorous campaign unhorsed his adversary.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English unhorsen. See un-2, horse
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British Dictionary definitions for unhorse

unhorse

/ʌnˈhɔːs/
verb (transitive)
1.
(usually passive) to knock or throw from a horse
2.
to overthrow or dislodge, as from a powerful position
3.
(rare) to unharness horses from (a carriage, etc)
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Word Origin and History for unhorse
v.

late 14c., "to throw (someone) from his horse," from un- (2) + horse (v.). Cf. Middle Dutch ontorsen.

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