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

v become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of

unravel the thread”
Synonyms:
unknot, unpick, unscramble, untangle
Antonyms:
knot, ravel, tangle
tangle or complicate
Type of:
undo
cancel, annul, or reverse an action or its effect

v become undone

“the sweater unraveled
Synonyms:
run
ladder, run
come unraveled or undone as if by snagging
Type of:
disintegrate
break into parts or components or lose cohesion or unity

v disentangle

“can you unravel the mystery?”
Synonyms:
ravel, ravel out
Antonyms:
knot, ravel, tangle
tangle or complicate
Type of:
disentangle, straighten out, unsnarl
extricate from entanglement

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