- 1Remove goods from (a vehicle, ship, container, etc.): she hadn’t finished unloading the carMore example sentences
- When workers began industrial action and refused to unload a plane, two union delegates were sacked.
- As for moving day, we started loading the first car at about 9.00 on Saturday morning and finished unloading the van and three cars by 3.00 that afternoon.
- Quin watched the men finish unloading the truck, and head inside.
- 1.1Remove (goods) from a vehicle, ship, container, etc.: men were unloading sacks of olives from a tractorMore example sentences
- Lorries and vans blocked two of Bolton busiest main roads, and tempers boiled over as Ashburner Street stallholders arrived to find they could not unload their goods.
- You're on the highway for up to 11 hours at a stretch, not to mention putting in another three hours a day loading or unloading goods.
- I now see people walking their dogs, delivery men unloading their goods, students heading to class.
- 1.2 • informal Get rid of (something unwanted): he had unloaded his depreciating stock on his unsuspecting wifeMore example sentences
- I said nothing, so as not to spoil the evening, but I do not appreciate other people unloading their junk disguised as gifts on us.
- But if you never really liked them all that well to begin with, this might be a good time to unload them.
- We unloaded our spare supplies on them and wished them good luck.
- 1.3Give expression to (oppressive thoughts or feelings): the meeting had been a chance for her to unload some of her feelings about her sonMore example sentences
- It's like I couldn't unload my feelings somehow.
- Each family member does have moments where they unload their thoughts.
- This letter doesn't have a huge conclusion; I realize that unloading my fears is probably never going to change the world.
- 2Remove (ammunition) from a gun or (film) from a camera.More example sentences
- They only had a range of about three furlongs and the film had to be unloaded from the camera and rushed to a dark room on the track to be processed before it could be shown to the stewards.
- The person over there opened the magazine and unloaded the bullets from it.
- And with each gun she picked up she unloaded the paint bullets and replaced them with the real bullets.
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- But Judge Hyam, the Recorder of London, told Watson: ‘If you had been successful, suspicion would have fallen on innocent people - loaders and unloaders.’
- All three had volunteered to go up as unloaders for the aerial dropping of supplies at Myola and there is a note in Parer's papers about the planes on the airstrip being parked wingtip to wingtip.
- This is a truly Stakhanovite effort, by all the maintainers, the pilots, the fuellers and unloaders, and by Air Traffic Control.