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[uhn-hawrs] /ʌnˈhɔrs/
verb (used with object), unhorsed, unhorsing.
to cause to fall from a horse, as in battle; dislodge from the saddle:
Sir Gawain unhorsed the strange knight.
to defeat; overcome; dislodge, as from a position or office:
His vigorous campaign unhorsed his adversary.
Origin of unhorse
1350-1400; Middle English unhorsen. See un-2, horse Unabridged
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  • Scarcely did I catch her words, for a man sprang in, seizing my bridle-rein and leg and struggling to unhorse me.

  • If they win, they grab at booty; if they lose, they unhorse and pilfer their own side!

    The Bbur-nma in English Babur, Emperor of Hindustan
  • Hastily mounting a fresh horse, Richard again attacked Des Barres, but could not unhorse the knight, who stuck fast to his saddle.

    With Spurs of Gold Frances Nimmo Greene
  • It took, indeed, the vast shock of the Civil War to unhorse the optimists.

    The American Language Henry L. Mencken
  • They deal such blows upon their shields that, beside the wounded, they unhorse more than five hundred of them.

    Four Arthurian Romances Chretien DeTroyes
  • "I should like to see the vine that could unhorse me," answered Stacy.

  • Now I shall do my endeavor to unhorse thee as I would an acknowledged peer in arms.

    Men of Iron Howard Pyle
  • He thought with the shock to unhorse Rire-pour-tout, and finish him then at his leisure.

    Under Two Flags Ouida [Louise de la Ramee]
  • Ne'theless, be thou bold and watchful, and if thou find that he endeavor to cast thee, do thy best to unhorse him.

    Men of Iron Howard Pyle
  • Death in a huge pair of jack-boots, seizes him by the arm with a view to unhorse him.

    The Dance of Death Francis Douce
British Dictionary definitions for unhorse


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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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