unleash

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unleash (third-person singular simple present unleashes, present participle unleashing, simple past and past participle unleashed)

  1. To free from a leash, or as from a leash
    He unleashed his dog in the park.
  2. to let go; to release
    He unleashed his fury.
  3. To precipitate; to bring about
    • 2013 April 9, Andrei Lankov, “Stay Cool. Call North Korea’s Bluff.”, New York Times:
      People who talk about an imminent possibility of war seldom pose this question: What would North Korea’s leadership get from unleashing a war that they are likely to lose in weeks, if not days?
  4. (soccer) To strike; kick
    • 2011 October 1, John Sinnott, “Aston Villa 2 - 0 Wigan”, BBC Sport:
      As Bent pulled away to the far post, Agbonlahor opted to go it alone, motoring past Gary Caldwell before unleashing a shot into the roof of the net.

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