Definition of unholster in English:

unholster

verb

[with object]
  • Remove (a gun) from a holster.

    • ‘At the sound of shouting, war hoops, and shooting they ran for the cover of walls, many unholstering sixguns as they ran.’
    • ‘He unholstered his SOCOM pistol and raised the weapon in one fluid motion before proceeding through the open door.’
    • ‘James unholstered a 9mm, cocking it, letting the bullets slide easily into the cleaned chamber.’
    • ‘Everyone unholstered the pistols they were given and took aim while spreading out.’
    • ‘The editorial page of the paper today faulted everyone - the protesters for breaching the barricades, and the police for unholstering their teargas with brio.’
    • ‘A second later, he shoved it back in his tool belt, then unholstered a pair of nail guns.’
    • ‘For example, experiments have shown that, starting from several yards away, a man can often reach and lay his hands on another man carrying a holstered pistol before the latter can unholster and aim at his opponent.’
    • ‘The former leader of the Royal Flush charged at full speed and unholstered the duel pistols he gathered from the guards.’
    • ‘Not like him to miss the chance of unholstering his weapon with my approval for a change.’
    • ‘Anyway, he asked me some sort of question that required me to unholster my PDA and desperately mine its memory card for a lucid response.’
    • ‘The young man managed to unholster his shotgun and fire two shots.’
    • ‘Police unholstered the newest weapon in their arsenal last week, announcing that the SWAT team will now own three Tasers: a pistol that fires darts on wires, carrying a temporarily debilitating electric shock.’
    • ‘I start to unholster my gun, before realizing I'm still out of ammunition.’
    • ‘I was locked in an outdoor cage, and the gate officer unholstered his walkie-talkie.’
    • ‘As an afterthought that killer might yet lurk near, I unholstered the .44 and fisted it like a tomahawk.’
    • ‘Once it had finished, Jenos unholstered the grappler gun he had been given.’
    • ‘Tossing the guns aside, he unholstered his pistol, waiting for the next person to just show his face.’
    • ‘Stepping out of the vehicle, he unholstered his gun discreetly and started walking towards the restaurant.’
    • ‘Twenty feet away from him, she unholstered her sidearm and brought it up in a two handed grip.’
    • ‘In many cases the person under threat does not have enough time or distance to unholster their firearm, point it and fire let alone aim for the legs or arms.’

Pronunciation

unholster

/ʌnˈhɒlstə/