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unhinge

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈhɪn(d)ʒ
 
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Definition of unhinge in English:

verb (unhinges, unhinging, unhinged)

[with object]
1Make (someone) mentally unbalanced: the loneliness had nearly unhinged him
More example sentences
  • Glenn Close is an actress with five Academy Award nominations under her belt, one of which is for the role for which I will always remember her: the mentally unhinged mistress in Fatal Attraction.
  • Meanwhile, a mentally unhinged former lover is stalking her, and the serial killer has struck again.
  • Born of the Great Depression, the brothers were unhinged maniacs with no roots, no ties, no responsibilities, fighting back on behalf of the disenfranchised little man.
Synonyms
1.1Deprive of stability; throw into disorder: a chain of events unhinges the structure of his family
More example sentences
  • Our grab for dominating the world's strategic petroleum reserves is now unhinging world stability, and I think other countries recognize this and are getting fearful and angry as well.
  • Placing both hands under the clasp, he used his remaining energy to unhinge it and throw the top of the box up.
  • The one event that could unhinge the party's best efforts to retain financial and political control is a run on the RMB.
2Take (a door) off its hinges.
Example sentences
  • By pulling it, he'd not only cracked the plank in half, he'd unhinged the door itself.
  • He shoots the door knob clean off the door and he kicks the door forward with all his strength, which nearly unhinges the door.
  • It was always a stunning room, a gleaming subterranean box of pale lacquer and smoked mirrors with a set of Lalique doors you'd unhinge and run off with in the middle of the night if you thought you could get away with it.

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