Definition of unclench in English:



  • 1 Release (a clenched part of the body)

    ‘slowly she unclenched her fist’
    • ‘He unclenched his fist slowly, and stared at the paper in his hand.’
    • ‘With your fist behind your head, and your ideas about your fist in your mind, slowly unclench your fist until your fingers are outstretched.’
    • ‘I notice Addam-say's face becomes very red when he hears this, and he starts to clench and unclench his fists again.’
    • ‘He scowled slightly and started to clench and unclench his fists in a slow pattern.’
    • ‘Dad clenched and unclenched his fists while mom sat there giving me this disapproving look.’
    • ‘He closed his mouth and stood there for a moment, clenching and unclenching his fists almost as if he was willing himself to stay calm.’
    • ‘James set down his glass cup on the edge of the sink, unclenching his fist, and the clash of metal and glass seemed to reverberate harshly in her ears.’
    • ‘I saw Devon's eyes widened at my proposal and he slowly unclenched his fists.’
    • ‘Nat watched as his father slowly clenched and unclenched his fists.’
    • ‘He began clenching and unclenching his fists again.’
    • ‘Bernice was clenching and unclenching her fists.’
    • ‘He clenched and unclenched his fists, took a deep breath and strode into the council room.’
    • ‘No, just about everything has been setting my teeth on edge, making me clench and unclench my fists, putting a permanent grimace on my face.’
    • ‘He watched the doors intently, clenching and unclenching his fists.’
    • ‘The sweat continued to drip off him, and he clenched and unclenched his fist in anxiety.’
    • ‘Gem's face stiffened as she clenched and unclenched her fists in her coat pocket.’
    • ‘Jason's father asked slowly, clenching and unclenching his fists.’
    • ‘He clenches and unclenches his fist, as if trying to get blood to circulate in a hand that had fallen asleep.’
    • ‘Unconsciously, he quickened his pace a fraction and caught himself clenching and unclenching his fists as he walked.’
    • ‘I only stood there, clenching and unclenching my fists.’
    1. 1.1[no object]Relax from a clenched state.
      • ‘Her father remained standing, but his fists and his jaw clenched and unclenched as he continued to stare at Mary.’
      • ‘His hands clenched and unclenched at his sides.’
      • ‘Her fists clenched and unclenched, and she tried to stare Dawn down.’
      • ‘His fist clenched, unclenched, clenched again.’
      • ‘He could see the way her jaw clenched and unclenched as she fought to hold back whatever words had risen in her throat.’
      • ‘His fists were clenching and unclenching and by then, Dante knew what that meant for him.’
      • ‘Not that anyone except me cares, but the sight of my little girl kitty, Abby, curled up and sleeping on the back of the couch, makes my whole body unclench and relax.’
      • ‘Jo saw his jaw clenching and unclenching.’
      • ‘Her hands went into her coat pockets, and her fists clenched and unclenched almost rhythmically against the fabric of her pockets.’
      • ‘I could tell that Shyamalan was very exited, because the hand on the chair was clenching and unclenching.’
      • ‘Well, now we can all relax, unclench, calm down, since Higher English is firmly in the past.’
      • ‘She screamed at him, her hands clenching and unclenching at her sides.’
      • ‘I was getting angry, my hands unconsciously clenching and unclenching.’
      • ‘Sophia saw his hands clench and unclench and cautiously shifted back a bit.’
      • ‘I could see Mr. Royston's jaw clench and unclench before he answered.’
      • ‘His hands were clenching and unclenching in anger at himself.’
      • ‘My fists clenched and unclenched as I tried to think of some comeback to scream at her but nothing came to mind.’
      • ‘Robert held her gaze, fists clenching and unclenching as his breathing whistled in her ears.’
      • ‘Lenore's fists clenched and unclenched behind her back.’
      • ‘She saw his jaw clench and unclench, but aside from the tiny movement in his face, he completely hid his emotions.’
      loosen, loose, slacken, unclench, weaken, lessen, let up, reduce, diminish
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