Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To separate by or as if by dissolving a glue or other adhesive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To separate that which was held by glue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To separate, part, or open, as anything fastened with glue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To separate, as that which is glued or cemented; hence, figuratively, to free from any strong attachment.

Etymologies

un- +‎ glue (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Reading requires the brain to both "unglue" sounds (phonemic awareness), and to rapidly and accurately recall associations between sounds, symbol, and meaning.

    I Speak of Dreams

  • Tina and Bette are the glue that hold the friends together so them off into the NY sunset is a good way to "unglue" the collective ... so to speak.

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  • Announcing his decision on Saturday, Lone argued that it was time for separatists to "unglue" themselves from old and failing approaches, and insisted that for him the change was only "of strategy and not of ideology".

    The Financial Express

  • Meanwhile, Southend United chairman Ron Martin has launched a scathing attack on HM Revenue and Customs and accused them of trying to 'unglue' the Shrimpers.

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  • But right when it was time for Mr. Obama to take oath, I had to unglue myself from the screen and take my youngest daughter to her Aikido class ...

    serment - French Word-A-Day

  • You need to unglue that remote from your hand, turn off your 6 TVs, the game stations, etc. and take your family outside for some fresh air.

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  • By the time Reyes calls up to the driver to ask to get off, I am relieved to unglue myself from the lady next to me.

    Down and Delirious in Mexico City

  • But consumers increasingly are willing to unglue themselves from what bankers call "sticky" relationships, according to a retail bank survey released by J.D. Power and Associates Inc. last week.

    Survey: More Consumers Willing To Switch banks

  • So I unglue my feet from the floor and go up to the dissection room.

    A Mountain of Crumbs

  • But questions remain about what we are supposed to do with the panic of the last few weeks: whether we shelve our mass hysteria until fall flu season, when some experts predict the pandemic potential will go fully global, or whether we retreat back into our comfort zone and ignore the inevitability that another crisis is bound to thoroughly unglue us.

    Marcia DeSanctis: The Tamiflu in the Closet

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