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  • verb Third-person singular simple present indicative form of unspool.


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  • Reduced to essentials, an electric winch is a motorized drum that unspools and spools a length of heavy-duty wire rope.

    Winching How-To: Never Get Your Truck Stuck Again 2009

  • When the film unspools across America over the next weeks, I predict a massive chorus of voices echoing his entreaties for more great teachers, less union influence, and school choice.

    Dan Brown: Yes We Need Great Teachers! But Vague, Emotional Rhetoric Can Be Counterproductive Dan Brown 2010

  • Nicholson received an Oscar nomination for his stellar performance, but part of the film's brilliance is also that it operates perfectly nimbly on two levels: The story unspools as a moving tale of an aging man, but on another level, "Schmidt" is a front-to-back ode to Nicholson's entire career, seemingly referencing with a twist often subtly every classic Jack performance.

    Land of allusion: 'Rango' is a double-barreled valentine to Hollywood 2011

  • Nothing unravels, then the quiet unspools aurora: light and nameless energy.

    11am, Sunday, in Green Paul McQuade 2011

  • Pritikin has a luxurious new setting: The program now unspools in the renovated 55,000-square-foot spa building at the Doral Golf Resort, about 20 minutes from the Miami airport.

    All Well Gary Walther 2010

  • They went further, to coin a phrase, tracking down and interviewing the participants in the trip and using their commentary -- on the footage as it unspools -- to offer both a first-hand look at what was happening and the 20/20 hindsight that comes with almost five decades of memory.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Magic Trip Marshall Fine 2011

  • As all this unspools, Spielberg and his writers Lee "Billy Elliot" Hall and Richard "Notting Hill" Curtis alternate toxic levels of sentimentality with bruising field-of-battle set pieces: glutinous conversations between an elderly French farmer and his brittle-boned granddaughter are followed by the hellish spectacle of trench warfare.

    War Horse – review 2011

  • "Come down here you're in a different country," says a resident of the patch of Kentucky where Elmore Leonard's latest crime caper unspools.

    The Way We Like To See It Tom Nolan 2012

  • Indeed, that's one of the film's most fascinating sequences; Gibney and Ellwood got a hold of the actual audio tapes from Kesey's sessions, then set animation to the sound of Kesey's voice, picturing the images that he unspools from his obviously altered consciousness.

    Marshall Fine: HuffPost Review: Magic Trip Marshall Fine 2011

  • Oppegaard deftly aligns the inner fears and waning hopes of his well-rounded protagonists with the paranormal tremors, but the tension all but dies in the final act as the novel unspools into a disappointingly diffuse anticlimax.

    WEEKLY BOOK RELEASES FOR DECEMBER 6TH | Open Society Book Club Discussions and Reviews 2009


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