from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. to remove a shoe (especially a horseshoe) from.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To deprive of a shoe or shoes, as a horse.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
In the early 50s, friends of mine and I picked up from somewhere a bit of verbal play which involved categorizing almost everything and everyone as shoe short for buck shoe or unshoe.
The moonwort was formerly associated with many superstitions and was reputed to open all locks at a mere touch, and to unshoe all horses that trod upon it.
-- "Why don't you see yon jontleman's horse in the field; can't you go and unshoe him?"
Real Life In London, Volumes I. and II. Or, The Rambles And Adventures Of Bob Tallyho, Esq., And His Cousin, The Hon. Tom Dashall, Through The Metropolis; Exhibiting A Living Picture Of Fashionable Characters, Manners, And Amusements In High And Low Life (1821)
-- "Why don't you see yon _jantleman's_ horse in the field? can't you go and unshoe him?"
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