Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To take out of a case; release from a case or covering: especially (military) used of the colors or any portable flag; hence, to disclose; reveal.
- To strip; flay; case. See case.
- To undress.
- v. transitive To take out of a case or covering; to uncover.
- v. transitive, obsolete To strip; to flay.
- v. transitive, military To display, or spread to view, as a flag, or the colors of a military body.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To take out of a case or covering; to remove a case or covering from; to uncover.
- v. obsolete To strip; to flay.
- v. (Mil.) To display, or spread to view, as a flag, or the colors of a military body.
- v. get undressed
- un- + case (Wiktionary)
“As fate would have it, I now give the order to case the colors," Gen. Austin said, referring to a long-established military ritual in which regiments "uncase" their identifying colors when arriving for deployments, and "case" them when they pack up to leave.”
“Combat units "uncase" their identifying colors when they arrive for deployments, and "case" them when they pack up to leave.”
“Others, perhaps seized by the irrationality that could take men in battle, dropped their lances and tried to uncase their own horse-bows.”
Knife of Dreams
“Anyway I need to clean, just wanted to drop in and update just uncase I don't get around to it again until next week!”
“Chamber, to uncase her of those Pilgrimes weeds, and cloath her in her owne more sumptuous garments, even those which shee wore on her wedding day, because that was not the day of his contentment, but onely this; for now he confessed her to be his wife indeede, and now he would give the king thanks for her, and now was Count”
“Then did they uncase their flagons by heaps and dozens, and with their leaguer-provision made excellent good cheer.”
“Whence comes this cry of battle? where must I bring my aid? where must I sow dread? who wants me to uncase my dreadful Gorgon's head?”
“Anna's eyes narrowed, and she concentrated on studying each dwelling or shop they neared, wondering if she should uncase the lutar.”
“And God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what it was to trifle with him.”
“To this we were hospitably invited also, and were right glad to uncase our limbs of stiff oil-skin and doff our sou'-westers, and sit down before the cheery fire, piled up with spruce logs and hackmatack; comfortable, indeed, was it to be thus snugly housed, while the weather outside was so lowering, and the schooner wet and cold with rain.”
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