American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To loosen or undo the lacing or laces of.
- v. To loosen or remove the clothing of.
- v. Obsolete To disgrace.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To loose from lacing or fastening by a cord, string, band, or the like passed through loops, holes, etc.; open or unfasten by undoing or untying the lace of: as, to unlace a garment or a helmet.
- To loosen or ease the dress or armor of.
- To divest of due covering; expose to injury or damage.
- To disentangle.
- To carve.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To loose by undoing a lacing.
- v. To loose the dress of; to undress; hence, to expose; to disgrace.
- v. (Naut.) To loose, and take off, as a bonnet from a sail, or to cast off, as any lacing in any part of the rigging of a vessel.
- v. undo the ties of
- un- + lace. (Wiktionary)
“And I've made you unlace me, Captain, when you thought I was croaking, and it was all I could do to keep from snickering in your face.”
“But unlace me they did, rolling me out of the fetid jacket and upon the floor, an inert, helpless thing.”
“Now I had but one fear, namely, that they would unlace me; so that it must be understood that my reply was not uttered in braggadocio but was meant to forestall any possible unlacing.”
“The heart knows information that is positioned upon various cues: we first lay in bed with each other, fully clothed, breathing in scentless pheromones, dripping with the desire to be touched, and so fingers delicately lace and unlace swirling patterns on bare skin, elbows and the nape of the neck.”
“He always surrounded by his circus of courtiers wanders through the tiring rooms, easy in our company, stopping to chat here and there, and sometimes even helping an actress to unlace her gown.”
“Saxon assented, but began immediately to unlace her shoes.”
“He wished he could unlace his fingers and lower his arms.”
“The clicking camera followed my movement, watched me unlace my boots and extricate my feet, adjusted itself to the slope of my legs as I pulled off my pants.”
“Well, if, at the end of the ten days, when you unlace me, I smile up at you in the same way, will you give a sack of Bull Durham and a package of brown papers to Morrell and Oppenheimer?”
“When he sat on a nearby boulder, pulling up one knee to unlace a boot, that eight-pack of his rippled.”
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