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unstrung

[uhn-struhng] /ʌnˈstrʌŋ/
verb
1.
simple past tense and past participle of unstring.
adjective
2.
having the string or strings loosened or removed, as a bow or harp.
3.
weakened or nervously unhinged, as a person or a person's nerves; unnerved; discomposed:
The incident left him unstrung.

unstring

[uhn-string] /ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (used with object), unstrung, unstringing.
1.
to deprive of strings:
to unstring a violin.
2.
to take from a string:
to unstring beads.
3.
to loosen the strings of:
to unstring a bow.
4.
to relax the tension of.
5.
to relax unduly, or weaken (the nerves).
6.
to weaken the nerves of.
Origin of unstring
1605-1615
1605-15; un-2 + string
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Examples from the Web for unstrung
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  • I am not going to have you go on the stage in a month looking like your own ghost and all unstrung.

    "Persons Unknown" Virginia Tracy
  • His mind had long been t a great tension, and this shock had unstrung him.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
  • He told us that sharp, harsh, or bitter words entered his soul like barbed iron and he was upset and unstrung for hours afterward.

    Analyzing Character Katherine M. H. Blackford and Arthur Newcomb
  • In fact, his nerves were so unstrung that he would not be able to sleep for many hours to come.

    Adrift on the Pacific Edward S. Ellis
  • You be all unstrung by your walk hither through the wood, Ann.

    Giles Corey, Yeoman Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • She was sadly confused and unstrung, her thoughts awhirl and nerves ajangle.

    Nobody Louis Joseph Vance
  • I shall make shift to sound the harp, if it be not unstrung.

  • But you're afraid he did, and that keeps you unstrung and unhappy.

    Mary Louise in the Country L. Frank Baum (AKA Edith Van Dyne)
  • Cabby was certainly here at his best—the bow was unstrung, and he seemed to be enjoying himself.

    Original Penny Readings George Manville Fenn
  • The violin, guitar, and dulcimer had lain utterly neglected and unstrung.

    Doctor Jones' Picnic S. E. Chapman
British Dictionary definitions for unstrung

unstrung

/ʌnˈstrʌŋ/
adjective
1.
emotionally distressed; unnerved
2.
(of a stringed instrument) with the strings detached

unstring

/ʌnˈstrɪŋ/
verb (transitive) -strings, -stringing, -strung
1.
to remove the strings of
2.
(of beads, pearls, etc) to remove or take from a string
3.
to weaken or enfeeble emotionally (a person or his nerves)
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Word Origin and History for unstrung
adj.

1590s, "with strings relaxed" (of a harp, etc.), from un- (1) "not" + past participle of string (v.). Transferred sense of "weakened, unnerved" is recorded from 1690s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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