Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To take out of a case or covering; to remove a case or covering from; to uncover.
  • transitive verb obsolete To strip; to flay.
  • transitive verb (Mil.) To display, or spread to view, as a flag, or the colors of a military body.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb transitive To take out of a case or covering; to uncover.
  • verb transitive, obsolete To strip; to flay.
  • verb transitive, military To display, or spread to view, as a flag, or the colors of a military body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb get undressed

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

un- +‎ case

Examples

  • Combat units "uncase" their identifying colors when they arrive for deployments, and "case" them when they pack up to leave.

    Obama Lauds Troops as Iraq War Winds Up

  • "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.

    U.S. Closes Its Mission on Uncertain Note

  • 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!

    mamarobbi Diary Entry

  • 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

  • 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

    The Decameron

  • Then did they uncase their flagons by heaps and dozens, and with their leaguer-provision made excellent good cheer.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • Then did they uncase their flagons by heaps and dozens, and with their leaguer-provision made excellent good cheer.

    Five books of the lives, heroic deeds and sayings of Gargantua and his son Pantagruel

  • 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?

    The Acharnians

  • Anna's eyes narrowed, and she concentrated on studying each dwelling or shop they neared, wondering if she should uncase the lutar.

    Darksong Rising

  • And God will uncase the hypocrites ere long, and make them know, to their sorrow, what it was to trifle with him.

    The Reformed Pastor

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