uncoil

To uncoil is to straighten something out that's been curled or twisted, the way you uncoil a long, thin piece of red licorice, chewing it as you go.

When something is coiled, it's wound or curled into a spiral shape. You can even call it a coil, like a coil of rope on the deck of a sailboat. Make it straight by untwisting it, and you uncoil it: "Leave my snake alone! Don't try to uncoil her!" The prefix un- means "reverse or opposite of," and coil, "gather into rings," comes from a root meaning "to gather or collect."

Definitions of uncoil
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v unwind or untwist

Antonyms:
coil, curl, loop
wind around something in coils or loops
Type of:
disentangle, unwind
separate the tangles of

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