from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To drive from a lair or den.
- transitive v. To loose from a kennel.
- transitive v. To bring to light; uncover or disclose.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To scare out from a lair or a den.
- v. To let (something) out of a kennel.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To drive from a kennel or hole.
- transitive v. Fig.: To discover; to disclose.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To drive or force from a kennel; take out of a kennel. To rouse from secrecy or retreat.
To him he says that, if the King's occulted guilt does not come out ( 'unkennel itself'), he (Hamlet) will look upon the apparition as a damned ghost, and (this is new) will think that his 'imaginations are as foul as Vulcan's stithy.'
Whereat Hugo ran from the house, crying to his grooms that they should saddle his mare and unkennel the pack, and giving the hounds a kerchief of the maid's, he swung them to the line, and so off full cry in the moonlight over the moor.
Here, here, here be my keys: ascend my chambers; search, seek, find out: Ill warrant well unkennel the fox.
Whereat Hugo ran from the house, crying to his grooms that they should saddle his mare and unkennel the pack, and giving the hounds
It is hard to picture the thoughts that must have passed through Charles's mind as he read the bitter triumphant pages that told how the man he had twice pilloried and then flung into prison for life had come out again, as he puts it brutally, to "unkennel that fox," his foe.
"He is nowhere below, but we shall probably unkennel him in the upper story," I heard one of them say as they mounted the stairs.
Keep your secret, if you please, but, if you provoke me, I will trace it out; I will unkennel you.
Dame Peake, if you don't open your doors directly, we'll break them open, and unkennel that old bagg'd fox, your husband, and drink all the black strap in your cellar, and -- and play the devil with the maids.
But this weathercock of a priest here, that is driven round with such a creaking merely by his envy and malice, because he fancies that my noble master is lowering both his authority and his purse, he shall not unkennel his tongue from his toothless jaws, where I can but thrust in my unwasht mouth.
It is the intention of the first consul gradually to unkennel this clattering race of females, when it can be done with safety.