From Middle French destacher "to detach" from Old French destachier "to detach" from des- + attachier (“to attach”), alteration of estachier "to fasten with or to a stake, lay claim to" from estach(e) "a stake", from Frankish *stakka "stake", from Proto-Germanic *stakkaz, *stakkēn (“stick, stake”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)teg- (“stick, stake”). Akin to Old High German stecko "post" (German Stecken), Old Saxon stekko "stake", Old Norse stakkr "hay stack, heap", Old English staca "stake". More at stake.
- (transitive) to separate (from)
- (transitive) to take away (from)
- (transitive) to remove, detach, take off
- (transitive) to second (from)
- (transitive) to outdistance (in a race)