from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense and past participle of unstring.
  • adj. Having a string or strings loosened or removed.
  • adj. Informal Emotionally upset.

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  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of unstring.

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  • adj. emotionally upset


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  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.


  • …The bone tasted of nothing and smelled of nothing, A scalded toothless harp, uncrushed, unstrung.

    Robert Pinsky's Poetry Strikes a Chord

  • All tricks in the arena stopped, the animals temporarily unstrung and unable to continue.


  • It was frightful, and for twenty-four hours after, Bâtard was nervous and unstrung, starting at common sounds, tripping over his own shadow, but, withal, vicious and masterful with his team-mates.


  • This weekend, at a street fair, I was very tempted by some unstrung turquoise beads (on which I passed, until I actually know how to string them).

    Pensée du lundi 1er juin


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