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- v. To remove the hoops from.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To strip or deprive of hoops; to take away the hoops of.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To remove the hoops of, as a barrel or cask.
- To remove the stiff petticoats or hoop-skirts of, as a woman: probably jocose, and with allusion to def. 1.
All he did was unhoop the barrel, refit the staves, and draw the hoops back on, moretightly than before.
'Though you have taken a resolution, in one of your papers, to avoid descending to particularities of dress, I believe you will not think it below you on so extraordinary an occasion, to unhoop the fair sex, and cure this fashionable tympany that is got among them.