Definition of unbar in US English:



[with object]
  • Remove the bars from (a gate or door); unlock.

    ‘she unbarred the gate’
    • ‘Even the low two-storey army buildings seemed to smile a delayed welcome, as a gate was unbarred and I went through an elaborate signing-in ceremony in the guardroom.’
    • ‘The bronze doors of the sanctuary were unbarred.’
    • ‘The Landlord unbarred the door.’
    • ‘So with no one else in the room and Rana sleeping, her door was unbarred.’
    • ‘The Moon rose to meet his daughter, the star Ishtar, and the Queen unbarred the door to the tower.’
    • ‘The doors were unbarred, opened and sunlight flooded into the gloom.’
    • ‘In the eternal limbo room Madi snarled at the door until it showed itself, then threatened to blast it to bits unless it unbarred itself.’
    • ‘Some even unbarred their doors and stepped outside.’
    • ‘She entered the gatehouse, unbarred the window and leaned outside.’
    • ‘The roofs have collapsed, the ruined towers, the high gate unbarred, frost in the mortar, the ramparts gaping, rent, fallen, gnawed through by age.’
    • ‘She unbarred the front door and walked out into the cool air, glad to be out of the building.’
    • ‘They knew they couldn't let York leave, that was their job, but too many people were escaping by the newly unbarred door, being counter-acted by the pushing reporters trying to get in against the flow.’
    • ‘The head evil one shouted out some command, and the door was unbarred and then opened.’
    • ‘Hark got a ladder and set it against the chimney, on which I ascended, and hoisting a window, entered and came down stairs, unbarred the door, and removed the guns from their places.’
    • ‘Okay, so I'm going to try to get through the window, and you guys have to hold on to my ankles, and then I'll unbar the door so we can get out.’
    • ‘The soldiers murmured as a few of their number did as Amerial requested, unbarring and unlocking the door.’
    • ‘The guard at the gate made no move to unbar it, however.’
    • ‘Similarly, scared by the fire alarm, the heroine decides to ‘unbar, unbolt, unlock, and open’ the door and cross the space that separates her from Lovelace.’
    • ‘To make that clear she unbarred the door, left a note tacked to it explaining that only if it was a true emergency would they disrupt her peace.’
    • ‘He staggers to the door, unlocks and unbars it, and lets Desdemona and Deuterium Boy in.’
    unbolt, unlatch, undo, unfasten, unpick, unseal, unclose, open, free, throw open, throw wide
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