from The Century Dictionary.
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To strip or deprive of hoops; to take away the hoops of.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb To remove the
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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.