Unhinge Un*hinge", v. t. [1st pref. un- + hinge.] [1913 Webster] 1. To take from the hinges; as, to unhinge a door. [1913 Webster]

2. To displace; to unfix by violence. --Blackmore. [1913 Webster]

3. To render unstable or wavering; to unsettle; as, to unhinge one's mind or opinions; to unhinge the nerves. [1913 Webster]

Why should I then unhinge my brains, ruin my mind? --South. [1913 Webster]

His sufferings, nay the revolutions of his fate, had not in the least unhinged his mind. --Walpole. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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