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unlace

[uhn-leys] /ʌnˈleɪs/
verb (used with object), unlaced, unlacing.
1.
to loosen or undo the lacing or laces of (a pair of shoes, a corset, etc.).
2.
to loosen or remove the garments of (a person) by or as if by undoing laces.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English unlacen. See un-2, lace
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  • If tanning with the hair on, do not unlace the hide.
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unlace

/ʌnˈleɪs/
verb (transitive)
1.
to loosen or undo the lacing of (shoes, garments, etc)
2.
to unfasten or remove garments of (oneself or another) by or as if by undoing lacing
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Word Origin and History for unlace
v.

c.1300, from un- (2) + lace (v.). Related: Unlaced; unlacing.

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