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  • adj. With laces untied.
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of unlace.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. with laces not tied
  • adj. not under constraint in action or expression


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  • As we drove, Congolese soldiers — ostensibly separating a patchwork of rebel and militia camps — limped by in unlaced boots, rifles slapping against their backs.

    As Go the Hippos …

  • "I try to show that corsets are back-lacing, and they have to be completely unlaced to take them off," she says.

    How to Undress a Victorian Lady in Your Next Historical Romance

  • When the food's gone, I take a mental survey of the night's festivities — a gram-and-a-half spliff rolled with the remainder of Billy and his old man's stash unlaced, half an E pill shaped like Starscream of the Transformers, two small lines of stingy coke some Rican probably cut with a lot of speed or Ex-Lax, five or six beers — a perfect exercise in decadent moderation.

    Monkeytown prologue/chapter first

  • She bent over, unlaced her Skechers, then toed them off.

    Etched in Bone

  • A superb, dangerously over-worked, standing self-portrait, Painter Working, Reflection 1993 portrays the ageing artist wearing only unlaced boots, holding a palette and knife he was left-handed, addressing the viewer like a silent actor; invariably paint applied imaginatively to the planes of walls and floor reads as though a leitmotif for the prevailing mood.

    Lucian Freud obituary

  • When he was unlaced this time, the Warden was careful not to be in solitary.

    Chapter 16

  • Oppenheimer got a hundred hours in the jacket for it, and, when he was unlaced, spat in the Warden's face and received a second hundred hours on end.

    Chapter 16

  • One by one they passed us on the trail, some wearing unlaced sneakers, balancing bundles of tents and food on their heads.

    A 'Walk-Up' Mountain

  • His jeans were unbuttoned and his Timbs were unlaced.

    Deep Throat Diva

  • However, I quickly discovered my ironic fashion statement (Trebark camo pants pegged into unlaced hightops, a Smiths t-shirt and a luxurious Oklahoma neck blanket) was completely lost on the female student body of my high school.

    Separating Art from Idiocy


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