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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having a string or strings loosened or removed.
  • adjective Informal Emotionally upset.

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  • verb Simple past tense and past participle of unstring.

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  • adjective emotionally upset

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Examples

  • But I apply the term unstrung to a man when he is rather under the pressure of feelings than under the pressure of conceptions.

    >Letters upon the Aesthetic Education of Man. Letter XVII.

  • But I apply the term unstrung to a man when he is rather under the pressure of feelings than under the pressure of conceptions.

    The Works of Frederich Schiller

  • But I apply the term unstrung to a man when he is rather under the pressure of feelings than under the pressure of conceptions.

    Aesthetical Essays of Frederich Schiller

  • But I apply the term unstrung to a man when he is rather under the pressure of feelings than under the pressure of conceptions.

    Literary and Philosophical Essays: French, German and Italian

  • She wouldn't jump up and screech every time the door slams if she'd been as used to noises as Ma is, and this talk about her nerves bein 'all unstrung is just plain silly – and as for her not sleepin' at nights, she sleeps as sound as any of us.

    The Second Chance

  • What was this hymn which now the tenors sang, and what was the answer that came from all the voices so close to me, the words in Latin unstrung and only incoherently enveloping me: "Lord, I am come into the Valley of Death; Lord, I am come to the end of my Sorrow; Lord, in thy deliverance I give life to those who would be idle in Hell were it not for thy divine plan."

    Vittorio, The Vampire

  • Montague's sword unstrung the arm that upheld it, and the next instant the pastor was surrounded by friends.

    Gascoyne, the Sandal-Wood Trader

  • Montague's sword unstrung the arm that upheld it, and the next instant the pastor was surrounded by friends.

    Gascoyne, The Sandal-Wood Trader A Tale of the Pacific

  • Above, power lines hang, their criss-crossed cables dangling like an unstrung bow.

    Some Will Leave

  • But not alone at this did they laugh, for at the moment of the snap and the turning over, Captain Duncan's unstrung nerves had exploded, causing him to jump as he tensed his whole body.

    CHAPTER VI

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