unglue (v.) 1540s, from UN- (Cf. un-) (2) "opposite of" + GLUE (Cf. glue) (v.). Related: Unglued; ungluing. Unglued in figurative sense is recorded from 1922.

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  • Unglue — Un*glue , v. t. [1st pref. un + glue.] To separate, part, or open, as anything fastened with glue. [1913 Webster] She stretches, gapes, unglues her eyes, And asks if it be time to rise. Swift. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unglue — index disengage Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • unglue — [unglo͞o′] vt. unglued, ungluing 1. to separate or detach by or as if by dissolving an adhesive 2. Slang to upset; confuse ☆ come unglued Slang to become emotionally upset and lose one s composure …   English World dictionary

  • unglue — “+ transitive verb Etymology: un (II) + glue : to disjoin by or as if by dissolving an adhesive unglue a stamp from an envelope by steaming unglue children from a TV set …   Useful english dictionary

  • unglue — /un glooh /, v.t., unglued, ungluing. 1. to separate or detach by or as if by overcoming an adhesive agent: to unglue a sticker from a wall. 2. Slang. a. to confuse or upset: He was unglued by his opponent s superb defense. b. to cause to fail or …   Universalium

  • unglue — verb To separate that which was held by glue. We had to use warm water and solvent to unglue all the joints we put in yesterday …   Wiktionary

  • unglue — transitive verb Date: circa 1548 to separate by or as if by dissolving an adhesive …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unglue — Synonyms and related words: cast off, detach, diffuse, disengage, disjoin, disperse, doff, ease, ease off, free, let go, let up, liberate, loose, loosen, relax, release, remove, scatter, slack, slack off, slacken, take off, unbar, unbind, unbolt …   Moby Thesaurus

  • unglue — v. dissolve glue, unstick …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unglue — un·glue …   English syllables

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