Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To take or remove from a hanging position, as a picture or a bell, or a rapier from its hangers; also, to remove from its hinges or similar supports, as a door, a gate, or a shutter.
  • To deprive of hangings, as a room.

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

  • transitive verb To divest or strip of hangings; to remove the hangings, as a room.
  • transitive verb To remove (something hanging or swinging) from that which supports it.

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

  • verb To take down something (such as a picture) from a hanging position

Etymologies

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un- +‎ hang

Examples

  • At present, we encourage them to keep their rooms tidy, unload the dishwasher and hang and unhang the occasional load of washing.

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  • At present, we encourage them to keep their rooms tidy, unload the dishwasher and hang and unhang the occasional load of washing.

    I'll be my own house cleaner!

  • This pale, fair young man, full of covert ambition, looked ready to hang and unhang, at the pleasure of any earthy king, the innocent and the guilty alike, and to follow the example of a Laubardemont rather than that of a Mole.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • This pale, fair young man, full of covert ambition, looked ready to hang and unhang, at the pleasure of any earthy king, the innocent and the guilty alike, and to follow the example of a Laubardemont rather than that of a Mole.

    The Commission in Lunacy

  • COOKE: For the evac for our plan, we'd unhang all of the art around the balcony because these are all skylights.

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  • I am now coming to unhang thee and to set thee at freedom, for thou art a pretty little gentle monachus.

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

  • I am now coming to unhang thee and to set thee at freedom, for thou art a pretty little gentle monachus.

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

  • If you have a mind to make your tobacco into rolls, there is no occasion to wait till the leaves are perfectly dry; but as soon as they have acquired a yellowish brown colour, although the stem is green, you unhang your tobacco, and strip the leaves from the stalks, lay them up in heaps, and cover them with woolen cloths, in order to sweat them.

    History of Louisisana Or of the Western Parts of Virginia and Carolina: Containing

  • If the hangman, having got his hand in, proceeded to hang friends and relatives to his taste and fancy, he would (intellectually) unhang the first man, though the first man might not think so.

    Eugenics and Other Evils

  • It was impossible to go on living with her photographs about him; and one evening, going up to his room after dinner, he began to unhang them from the walls, and to gather them up from book-shelves and mantel-piece and tables.

    The Custom of the Country

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