Definitions

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  • v. To undo something sewn or enclosed by sewing; to rip apart; to take out the stitches of.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To undo, as something sewn, or something inclosed by sewing; to rip apart; to take out the stitches of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To rip.

Etymologies

un- +‎ sew (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The phalanges of the hands and feet, after being clean-scraped, were restored to their places, and wrapped with thin layers of arsenicated cotton, as is done to small animals, yet on the seventh day decomposition set in; it was found necessary to unsew the skin, and again to turn it inside out.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Could he say, "Please give me my wife's leg, so that I can undress it and unsew the bandage and get the money that I was paid for keeping quiet about the surgical operation on Lacey Granitch, that was done in my house before it was blown to pieces by the explosion."

    Jimmie Higgins

  • Poor Eleeza Betooser -- twice again she had been compelled to take down the stocking from her right leg, and unsew the bandage round her ankle, and extract another of those precious yellow twenty-dollar bills; there were only seven of them left now, and each of them was more valuable to

    Jimmie Higgins

  • The keeper of the cross-roads store, being down on him because of his ideas, refused him any more credit; and so poor Lizzie was driven to do what she had vowed never to do -- take off the stocking from her right leg, and unsew the bandage from her ankle, and extract one of the ten precious twenty-dollar bills.

    Jimmie Higgins

  • Spirit, did exercise their Disciples in divers and extraordinary Ways: To some they gave order to plant Lettice with the leaves downward; to others, to Water dry and whithered Trees; to others, to sew and unsew again, many times, their Cloaths; all marvellous and effectual stratagems to make tryal of simple obedience and to cut by their roots the weeds of their own Will and Judgment.

    The spiritual guide which disentangles the soul / by Michael de Molinos ; edited with an introduction by Kathleen Lyttelton and a note by H. Scott Holland.

  • Thereupon one of the men put out his hand, began to unsew the shroud, and taking hold of it by one end suddenly laid bare the face of Marguerite.

    Camille

  • The man who looked me in the eye at a public conversation in UCD two months ago, who said he could not unsew what he had sewn, and that RTE was a receding shore to which he would never return, has unsewn.

    Irish Blogs

  • At other times he ordered him to draw water a whole day and pour it out again; to make baskets and pull them to pieces; to sew and unsew his garments, and the like. [

    The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Principal Saints January, February, March

  • I can unsew the straw _pailliasse_ at the bottom of my bed, and when it is safely in there I shall have no fear whatever. "

    One of the 28th A Tale of Waterloo

  • I will unsew a corner, that you may examine the stuffing; you will think it lambs'-wool, it is so white and soft! "

    Mysteries of Paris — Volume 02

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