put a cork in it

Definition of put a cork in it

chiefly US, informal
used as a rude way to tell someone to stop talking and especially to stop complaining
  • Why don't you put a cork in it! I'm sick of your whining!

Word by Word Definitions

put play
  1. : to place in a specified position or relationship : lay

  2. : to move in a specified direction

  3. : to send (something, such as a weapon or missile) into or through something : thrust

  1. : a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

  2. : an option to sell a specified amount of a security (such as a stock) or commodity (such as wheat) at a fixed price at or within a specified time — compare call 3d

  1. : being in place : fixed, set

cork play
  1. : the elastic tough outer tissue of the cork oak that is used especially for stoppers and insulation

  2. : phellem

  3. : a usually cork stopper for a bottle or jug

  1. : to furnish or fit with cork or a cork

  2. : to stop up with a cork

  3. : to blacken with burnt cork


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