from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To retract (something said).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To withdraw, retract (something said).
- v. To not have said (since this is physically impossible usually in the subjunctive, as I wish I could unsay).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To recant or recall, as what has been said; to refract; to take back again; to make as if not said.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To recant or recall after having been said; retract; take back: as, to unsay one's words.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. take back what one has said
Since Decius gives thee power, -- that word unsay!
I cannot unsay them -- but at least I can clean up the toxic waste I've left behind.
So unsay thy words, Nam-Bok, that we may yet honor thee.
They told us that on radio it was very easy and simple for people to just say things and then on the next day just say something else or unsay what they said before.
I unsay my comment about the lack of lower middle class upbringing amongst posters on this blog.
Cameron was so annoyed he sat down and angrily wobbled his jowls for a full 45 minutes probably, while Young ran around trying to unsay his own words.
And the stuck-ness, for the working novelist - or at least for this one - has to do with not wanting to get into certain intensely fraught or private experiences, finding - having - feeling that it's absolutely necessary to say things that are absolutely unsay-able.
They cannot unsay any of those things, and therefore I will tolerate them because they are my fiancé's parents, but I will not ever trust them again.
As soon as the words left her mouth, Caitlyn wished she could unsay them.
The phrase has a use in speech where one cannot unsay a phrase, or even internet postings where one may not notice the wordplay before posting a comment, but it has no place in formal writing.