unload onto (someone or something)(redirected from unload something onto)
unload onto (someone or something)
1. To remove (some load or cargo) from something and place it on something else. A noun or pronoun can be used between "unload" and "onto" to specify what's being unloaded. The workers just unloaded the supplies right onto the curb. Why didn't they at least carry them up to the door of the office? You'd have a much easier time if you unloaded those boxes onto pallets for the forklifts to move. We won't be able to unload onto the docks, so we'll have to find some place else.
2. To force someone or something to take or deal with some unwanted, burdensome, difficult, or stressful person or thing so that one no longer has to. A noun or pronoun is used between "unload" and "onto." No way! I don't mind looking after your kids for an afternoon, but there's no way you're unloading them onto me for the entire weekend. The country has effectively been unloading its financial problems onto its neighbors for the last two years. I tried unloading a lot of this useless old junk onto my friends and family, but there was still a ton of stuff I had to throw away.
See also: unload
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