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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of unmoor.


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  • It looks smart as a curtain before the show begins with Connick walking out through a giant keyhole so he can presumably unlock the unconscious but ultimately it unmoors the show.

    Michael Giltz: Theater: Cloudy Skies for Harry Connick Jr. and On A Clear Day

  • It unmoors the story from geography — from history even.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • Powell posits that in poetry "often it's the inexact, the awful, the mistaken linguistic turn that manages to say the right thing because it unmoors us from our perceived relationship to the subject about which we're trying to write."

    Our Stories

  • Public Culture volume, by contrast, deliberately unmoors itself from the universalist or philosophical pole, insisting that cosmopolitanism can be understood only as a lived process.


  • On the other hand, it completely rethinks the notion of what a “warrant” is in a way that unmoors the concept from criminal law and would allow for example a relaxed warrant in settings such as national security.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Looking Back at Frank v. Maryland (1959)

  • Smiles become sneers; love skinned leaves the skeleton of lust; and too much sleep unmoors its dreamer.

    “Audrey’s Door” by Sarah Langan (Reviewed by Robert Thompson)

  • I dramatically unmoors the paratextual markers that structure the English language, pushing the reader into a labyrinthine lyrical landscape of infinite reading possibilities.

    Archive 2008-02-01

  • Thus, Soweto as a "turning point" or as "the beginning of the end of apartheid" unmoors it from its historical roots (continuities and discontinuities) and obscures its internal inconsistencies and ambiguities, so eloquently described in Sifiso Ndlovu's Counter-memories of June 1976120 and so powerfully evidenced in the oral and textual archives of the participants (See: Chapter 4, "The Participants.")

    'I Saw a Nightmare …' Doing Violence to Memory: The Soweto Uprising, June 16, 1976

  • Among these are Alice (Lea Bridarolli), a graceful dancer whose desperation to know what exists outside the school leads her to audition for the school's Headmistress (Corinne Marchand), and another girl who unmoors a boat and heads downstream to the heart of darkness.

    INNOCENCE reviewed

  • When the trader has supplied all the wants and wishes of a neighborhood, he unmoors his craft and drops down the river's tide to where it meets the ocean's tide in the farthermost Mississippi, and there either sells out both his boat and his stock, or hitches his home to some returning steamboat, and climbs slowly, with many pauses, back to the upper Ohio.

    Literature and Life (Complete)


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