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un- +‎ string


unstring (third-person singular simple present unstrings, present participle unstringing, simple past and past participle unstrung)

  1. (transitive) To remove the string or strings from.
    Unstring the bows before storing them.
  2. (transitive) To shake the nerves of; to cause anxiety or panic in.
    • Robert Louis Stevenson, Olalla
      The sight of his scared face, his starts and pallors and sudden harkenings, unstrung me []
    • Clifton Johnson, Battleground Adventures
      A fire is the only thing that unstrings me entirely, I feel so helpless to combat it. I'm afraid of snakes, but I can kill them.