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unstick Line breaks: un|stick

Definition of unstick in English:


Pronunciation: /ˈʌnstɪk/
(unsticks, unsticking; past and past participle unstuck)
1 [with object] Cause to become no longer stuck together: Urquhart sat upright in the bed and unstuck a bleary eye
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  • Each of these scenarios illustrates people who are stuck and can be unstuck only by finding other people who have requisite knowledge and experience to move them to the next appropriate action.
  • Before the class I had been stuck and yoga unstuck me.
  • He tried to move left, right, back, but his shirt was stuck fast to the roots and moving forwards to unstick himself was impossible against the force of the water.
2 [no object] British informal (Of an aircraft) take off: the aircraft refused to unstick
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  • We unstuck, climbed out over Dar es Salaam Harbour, turned north, flew past Zanzibar and over the west coast of Pemba.
2.1 [with object] Cause (an aircraft) to take off.
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  • It’s also much harder to unstick the plane from the runway; in fact, it seems to want to settle right back down again.


Pronunciation: /ˈʌnstɪk/
[in singular] British informal Back to top  
The moment at which an aircraft takes off: [as modifier]: the minimum unstick speed
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  • Next comes the minimum unstick speed, Vmu, which defines the point at which the aircraft could take off if the maximum possible rotation angle were reached.


come (or get) unstuck
Become separated or unfastened: one of her eyelashes had come unstuck
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  • Unfortunately as attempts were made to haul the longboat off the rocks a rope came unstuck and struck one of the Islanders, almost severing their right elbow.
informal1.1 Fail completely: all their clever ideas came unstuck
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  • As an attacking golfer, he can come unstuck when he fails to play it safe.
  • Anyone in any doubt about the importance of a good business plan should watch BBC2's Dragons' Den to get an idea of how a budding entrepreneur can come unstuck without one.
  • They failed to convince against unfancied Ireland and Wales, before coming unstuck against England and South Africa and finally slumping to a record defeat to old rivals New Zealand.
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