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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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  • And when they unlimber their torsos, the movement is lyrical and clean.
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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
v.

1802, "to free (a gun) from its limber," usually for the purpose of bringing it into action, from un- (2) + limber (n.). Figurative sense is attested from 1864. Related: Unlimbered; unlimbering.

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