Definition of uncouple in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈkʌp(ə)l/


[with object]
1Disconnect (something, especially a railway vehicle that has been coupled to another): they uncoupled the engine figurative public housing rents will be uncoupled from income
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  • Police particularly want to interview anyone who saw the trailer being uncoupled from the tractor unit or can identify the vehicle which towed it away.
  • She reached down and tried to pull the pin to uncouple the old cars, but it wouldn't budge.
  • I need you back over here pronto so we can uncouple the ships.
1.1 [no object] Become disconnected: the lights went out if the engine uncoupled from the train figurative I have seen marriages uncouple under the strain
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  • One ethical error can threaten the whole system, because if one is willing to overlook one small wrong, that can allow another, until the whole chain uncouples.
  • Reading literature and having a damn good time had become quietly but decidedly uncoupled.
  • If you begin to uncouple from the traditional thinking, and start to explore why we have failed to overcome the disease, you can open up a whole new range of therapeutic possibilities.

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