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undoing

[ən′dü·iŋ]
(psychology)
A defense mechanism by which something unacceptable and already done is symbolically acted out in reverse, usually repetitiously, in the hope of relieving anxiety.
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Bukawai was jealous of Tarzan, and Bukawai it was who came near proving the undoing of the ape-man.
He could not have locked his door without undoing his well-knotted string and retarding his supper; it was not worth his while to make that sacrifice.
and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today.