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 estache (“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)