American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To remove from a sling or a slung position: unsling a backpack.
- v. Nautical To remove the slings of (a yard, for example).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove from a position in which it has been slung; specifically (nautical), to take off the slings of, as a yard, a cask, etc.; release from slings.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. (Naut.) To take off the slings of, as a yard, a cask, or the like; to release from the slings.
- From un- + sling (Wiktionary)
“We froze, and without a word, we both started trying to unsling and get a shot while standing in the open of that road.”
“I unsling the backpack and put it through the X ray machine and then emerge at the other end.”
“The warrior looked up from his work, smiled with full, black-colored lips, and moved to unsling the large gun strapped to his back.”
“Ian Manning, the professional hunter whose job it was to keep me from becoming lion poop, said, "David, do you really think the bloody lion is going to wait for you to unsling your bloody rifle before he bites you in your bloody a-- e?”
“He reformed his line of march, commanded his soldiers to unsling their firelocks and fix their bayonets, and formed an advanced and rear-guard, each consisting of a non-commissioned officer and two soldiers, who received strict orders to keep an alert look-out.”
“When we got to him he was fumbling to unsling the box.”
“Axa started to unsling the water skin she held on her hip.”
“Before Stamaty could unsling his camera case, the evidence van from headquarters pulled into the driveway and parked beyond the patrolmen's cruiser.”
“A dozen men were gathered in the room, clustered about a barrel of wine, and most still had guns on their shoulders, but Sharpe was across the floor before any could unsling a musket and Harper was bellowing at them from the empty hearth, his volley gun aimed at the group.”
“He steaded his weapon on Tamura as she made a move to unsling her canteen.”
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