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From Middle English unshon, from Old English unscōgan (to unshoe), equivalent to un- +‎ shoe.


unshoe (third-person singular simple present unshoes, present participle unshoeing, simple past and past participle unshoed)

  1. (transitive) to remove a shoe (especially a horseshoe) from.
    • 1889, T. F. Thiselton-Dyer, The Folk-lore of Plants[1]:
      With plants of the kind we may compare the wonder-working moonwort (Botrychium lunaria), which was said to open locks and to unshoe horses that trod on it, a notion which Du Bartas thus mentions in his "Divine Weekes"-- "Horses that, feeding on the grassy hills, Tread upon moonwort with their hollow heels, Though lately shod, at night go barefoot home, Their maister musing where their shoes become.