unlimber

1 [uhn-lim-ber]
adjective
1.
not limber; inflexible; stiff.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
2.

Origin:
(def 1) un-1 + limber1; (def 2) un-2 + limber1

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unlimber

2 [uhn-lim-ber]
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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unlimber (ʌnˈlɪmbə)
 
vb
1.  (tr) to disengage (a gun) from its limber
2.  to prepare (something) for use

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