I'm English learner. As what the dictionary defines "unstitch" means to change, spoil, or destroy something that has existed or been done previously. Example: In two years she has unstitched almost every aspect of the business and re-fashioned it.

Can I replace "unstitch" by the word "change"? Will it make any difference?


In your example, "to unstitch" is used figuratively. "To unstitch", in its literal sense, is used to express the action of taking the stitches (the thread/cotton joining parts of a garment) out of a garment. This, of course, reduces the garment to its component parts. So "to unstitch" means "to take apart" - "to take apart" differs from "to change".

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