unhand

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v unhand remove the hand from
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Unhand To loose from the hand; to let go. "Hold off! unhand me, gray beard loon!
      Eftsoons his hand dropped he."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • unhand To take the hand or hands from; release from a grasp; let go.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Unhand un-hand′ to take the hands off: to let go
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1st pref. un-, + hand,

Usage

In literature:

Unhand the maid and quit the place.
"A Tramp Abroad, Complete" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
She never wants to be "unhanded" or "let to pass.
"Stage-Land" by Jerome K. Jerome
Unhand me: I will be dependent no more.
"Essays, First Series" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
I demand of you, unhand me, sir!
"The Hunchback" by James Sheridan Knowles
Kindly unhand my donkey.
"The Red Planet" by William J. Locke
Could I turn upon her and say "Unhand me"?
"A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder" by James De Mille
Unhand me, Isora, unhand me!
"Devereux, Complete" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
We took all this quite humbly and asked him why he didn't see Ole himself and order him to unhand the lady.
"At Good Old Siwash" by George Fitch
Unhand me: I will be dependent no more.
"American Sketches" by Charles Whibley
As soon as Catriona came a little to herself she unhanded me suddenly, but said no word.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 11 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
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In poetry:

"Unhand me," cried she piteously,
"For thy sweet daughter's sake."
"I'll keep my daughter safe," he said,
"From the witch of Wenham Lake."
"The Witch of Wenham" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Day after day the sun stared widely
Over the wide and windless seas;
Against the masts the sails drooped idly,
Unhanded, waiting for a breeze.
"Doldrums: One Of Murphy's Yarns" by Cicely Fox Smith