put a cork in it

Definition of put a cork in it

chiefly US, informal

  1. —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

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

    :  to move in a specified direction

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

  1. :  a throw made with an overhand pushing motion

    :  the act or an instance of putting the shot

    :  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

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

    :  phellem

    :  a usually cork stopper for a bottle or jug

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

    :  to stop up with a cork

    :  to blacken with burnt cork

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to cast off or become cast off

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