unravel

However tempting, don't pull that straggly thread hanging from your sleeve. You'll just unravel, or totally undo, your hand-knitted sweater.

Something that's unraveled has been completely undone, whether it's a spool of thread, some knotty shoelaces, or your mental state after a long and frustrating day. You can also unravel a mystery by picking it apart, untangling the details or just following the trail of clues like a line of string.

Definitions of unravel
  1. verb
    become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of
    unravel the thread”
    synonyms: unknot, unpick, unscramble, untangle
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    Antonyms:
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    type of:
    undo
    cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect
  2. verb
    become undone
    “the sweater unraveled
    synonyms: run
    ladder, run
    come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
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    type of:
    disintegrate
    break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity
  3. verb
    disentangle
    “can you unravel the mystery?”
    synonyms: ravel, ravel out
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    Antonyms:
    knot, ravel, tangle
    tangle or complicate
    type of:
    disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
    extricate from entanglement
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