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unlimber1

[uhn-lim-ber] /ʌnˈlɪm bər/
adjective
1.
not limber; inflexible; stiff.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
2.
limber1 .
Origin
(def 1) un-1 + limber1; (def 2) un-2 + limber1

unlimber2

[uhn-lim-ber] /ʌnˈlɪm bər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to detach (a gun) from its limber or prime mover.
2.
to make ready for use or action.
verb (used without object)
3.
to prepare for action.
noun
4.
the act of changing a gun from traveling to firing position.
Origin
1795-1805; un-2 + limber2
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Examples for unlimber
  • And when they unlimber their torsos, the movement is lyrical and clean.
British Dictionary definitions for unlimber

unlimber

/ʌnˈlɪmbə/
verb
1.
(transitive) to disengage (a gun) from its limber
2.
to prepare (something) for use
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Word Origin and History for unlimber
unlimber
1802, "to free (a gun) from its limber," usually for the purpose of bringing it into action, from un- (2) + limber (n.). Fig. sense is attested from 1864.
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