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uncouple

verb; derivation
to physically separate oneself from his/her significant other, to cease the habits of a typical couple. apparent meaning: to move apart from your loved one. The two couples were caught by surprise by the appearance of their friend, and they needed a quick signal to stop holding each other's hands and acting as a couple. Uncouple was a short and easily understood term, and they avoided appearing insensitive to Buffy's recent struggles with love.
 
Could you guys uncouple for just a little bit? It's not like you're eating alone!
Etymology : affixation
Source : On Buffy the Vampire Slayer, two couples physically separated (uncoupled) when approaching a girl who had just been through a devastating breakup.
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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