Definition of unleash in English:



  • 1Release (a dog) from a leash.

    ‘they dig up badger setts and unleash terriers into them’
    • ‘Police initiated the attack by unleashing their dogs and injuring several workers.’
    • ‘Those slavering, defensive dogs will be unleashed on Frankfurt with a point to prove.’
    • ‘The police knew there was no simpler way to clear the cricket pitch than to unleash a couple of dogs on everyone.’
    • ‘This could have meant unleashing terrorists in attacks on British and US targets or weapons of mass destruction or both.’
    • ‘US warplanes, by contrast, flew high above their targets, unleashing small numbers of bombs and missiles.’
    • ‘Have they been successful in unleashing weapons of mass destruction against us?’
    • ‘The onslaught was unleashed on the day that G8 world leaders met at Gleneagles.’
    • ‘Fergie spins on a sixpence and unleashes a ferocious right hook, which connects cleanly with Fowler's jaw, sending him flying into the crowd.’
    • ‘Dogs left unleashed by their owners have wondered into his yard and left excrement.’
    • ‘By then he and the BBC were refusing to capitulate as Mr Campbell unleashed a ferocious assault.’
    • ‘Five Dock police arrived shortly after and cordoned off the area before unleashing a sniffer dog.’
    • ‘John Sutton latched on to the loose ball, galloped forward and unleashed a firm drive into the top corner.’
    • ‘Police were today hunting thugs who unleashed a pack of hunting dogs to kill deer in a National Trust park.’
    • ‘In fact, the show was responsible for unleashing my own long-suppressed inner clown.’
    • ‘If I were a family member or coach, I'd be wanting him to gradually employ that emotion rather than unleashing it from the first point.’
    • ‘He lost everything when the mighty Jamuna river burst its banks, unleashing a torrent that engulfed his village.’
    • ‘Chronic stress also unleashes an army of free radicals that damages body and brain cells.’
    • ‘A clutch of innovative jewellers, many of them British, has been instrumental in unleashing a revolution in gem taste.’
    • ‘A police crackdown on town centre violence has led to thugs unleashing their aggression in the home, says a refuge worker.’
    • ‘But who's to say that they might have been even better if they'd been unleashed on the free market.’
    let loose, release, free, set free, loose, unloose, unbridle, untie, untether, unchain, unbind, unshackle, unmanacle
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    1. 1.1 Cause (a strong or violent force) to be released or become unrestrained.
      ‘the failure of the talks could unleash more fighting’
      ‘his comment unleashed a storm of protest in India’
      • ‘By 1977-1978, the Congress - which had unleashed the Indian Army on the Majlis just three decades earlier - was seeking electoral alliances with it.’
      • ‘Yet the Iraq war unleashed forces in British politics, too.’
      • ‘This system of direct rule by proxy enraged the Unionist right and eventually unleashed a downward spiral of loyalist reaction and republican assertiveness.’
      • ‘Jeb started to retreat from the room as Megan began to unleash the notorious Addelson temper.’
      • ‘If we could only master the technology for unleashing devastating floods, we'd be exporting that, too.’
      • ‘The spectre of Chicago 1968 looms, when police unleashed a brutal assault on anti Vietnam War protesters at the Democratic convention.’
      • ‘But then, two days later, I discovered the enormity of what I had unleashed.’
      • ‘A Colorado judge wrestled with that when facing noise violators who'd unleashed their blaring music on an innocent public.’
      • ‘Beginning slowly, the track drops Stipe's atmospheric vocals to haunting effect, before unleashing Molko's amid a flurry of violent guitars and angry, angry emotions.’
      • ‘This unleashed a moral fervor, ultimately translated into political movements that brought about the end of slavery.’
      • ‘The US state unleashed a decade of witch-hunting against the left, which hit even moderate black lobbying organisations.’
      • ‘Donnie unleashing his trademark flying back kick on the guy is very cool.’
      • ‘On the eve of the wars unleashed by Edward I's invasion in 1276, Wales had essentially become divided into three zones.’
      • ‘The show culminated with Rivers swearing at Nielsen unleashing a torrent of Italian curses.’
      • ‘Just as she unleashes the blast, he throws his sword, then rolls out of the way.’
      • ‘Doing something cute like that would unleash a firestorm.’
      • ‘They spent most of the 30 seconds justifying their decision to unleash the yuletide juggernaught in October.’
      • ‘I never wanted to see that power unleashed.’
      • ‘But the fall of the Soviet Union brought ambitious local politicians to power and unleashed bitter rivalries over territory, which exploded into an ugly conflict in 1991.’
      • ‘The Socialist Party government, like the previous right wing one, has unleashed neo-liberal attacks on public sector workers.’