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un- +‎ sung


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /ˌʌnˈsʌŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ʌŋ


unsung (comparative more unsung, superlative most unsung)

  1. Which has not been lauded or appreciated.
    The backstage crew of the movie were the unsung heroes.
    • 1962 August, G. Freeman Allen, “Traffic control on the Great Northern Line”, in Modern Railways, page 133:
      Only when one has seen a Control Office at first-hand does one realise the vast amount of unsparing but largely unsung work that is behind the eventual publication, perhaps, of a paragraph in this journal's "Motive Power Miscellany" recording the appearance, within hours of the complete blockage of a main line, of many of its trains, passenger and freight, on routes quite foreign to them; and of effective emergency services either side of the disaster area.
    • 2019 November 23, “Network News”, in Rail, page 23:
      He said: "Every day, thousands of unsung women and men go to work to keep London moving and to make this city better, cleaner and safer for everyone. [...]"
  2. Not sung.
    The third hymn remained unsung.

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