Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied.
  • intransitive v. To move or go from a dwelling or former position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To remove or force out from a position or dwelling previously occupied.
  • v. To move or go from a dwelling or former position.
  • v. To force out of a secure or settled position.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dwelling apart; separation.
  • intransitive v. To go from a place of rest.
  • transitive v. To drive from a lodge or place of rest; to remove from a place of quiet or repose.
  • transitive v. To drive out from a place of hiding or defense.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To remove or drive from a lodgment or resting-place; displace from a normal or a chosen position or habitation: as, to dislodge a stone from a cliff; to dislodge an army or the occupants of a house.
  • To go from a place of lodgment, abode, or rest.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. change place or direction
  • v. remove or force out from a position
  • v. remove or force from a position of dwelling previously occupied

Etymologies

Middle English disloggen, from Old French deslogier : des-, dis- + logier, to lodge (from loge, shed, of Germanic origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French desloger, cognates include French déloger. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • My guess is that if Hitler had been a bit smarter (i.e., not invaded Russia), his Nazi forces might have been impossible to dislodge from the occupied nations.

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  • Probably no historical image would be harder to dislodge from the collective memory than that of the teak-headed, red-faced, white-moustached general, his tactics derived from long-ago cavalry maneuvers, sitting in a château headquarters well behind the lines as he orders waves of infantry across minefields and through barbed wire, forcing them like the Light Brigade itself “into the jaws of death, into the mouth of hell,” and into the waiting German machine guns.

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  • The plan will change when the games start; he can't risk having the pump dislodge from a hit.

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  • It could have been the chunks of ice that would dislodge from the nose of the plane and come careening back toward the propellers and explode when they hit the blades, or it could have been the Nor'Easter that no one bothered to tell the pilot was pounding the eastern seaboard.

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  • Power was one of several "strolling priests" whom O Donel had tried to dislodge from the newly established Catholic mission in Newfoundland. 101 Power had removed himself to Caplin Bay, where he proceeded to stir up the district by charging that O Donel was favoring Munster priests over Leinster candidates in his recruiting for the mission.

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  • The prime minister also called for troops to "dislodge" Mugabe as the country's humanitarian crisis worsens.

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  • The Israelis have tried to "dislodge" and "cleanse" the Party of God from southern Lebanon with both airstrikes and a failed twenty-two year military occupation.

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  • Unfortunately, there is no simple way to 'dislodge' the interlopers.

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  • "dislodge" and "cleanse" the Party of God from southern Lebanon with both airstrikes and a failed twenty-two year military occupation.

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  • HONOR ROLL: Loved Supernatural's slapstick homage to Arthurian legend, as Dean goes all "sword in the stone" to dislodge a dragon-slaying blade from its rocky roost.

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  • "With a little practice, you can learn to dislodge enough chicken with your knife and fork to keep body and soul together till your next meal." -Tiffany's Table Manners for Teenagers

    February 17, 2007