un- + hand
unhand (third-person singular simple present unhands, present participle unhanding, simple past and past participle unhanded)
- To release from the hand; to let go.
- 1798, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Rime of the Ancient Mariner, part 1, lines 9-12,
- He holds him with his skinny hand,
- "There was a ship," quoth he.
- "Hold off! unhand me, grey-beard loon!"
- Eftsoons his hand dropt he.
1853, Oliver Optic, Hatchie, The Guardian Slave or The Heiress of Bellevue. A Tale of the Mississippi and the South-west, B. B. Mussey and Company, and R. B. Fitts and Company, Chapter XXX, page 305:
“Unhand' the lady!” said Vernon, in a severe tone, as, at the same time, he draw from his pocket a pistol. “Unhand her!” and he approached the lawyer
2008, Anne Gracie, The Stolen Princess, Berkley Books, →ISBN, Chapter Two, page 33:
As he dried the last toe, she said, “Thank you. You may now unhand my feet”