un·​cork | \ˌən-ˈkȯrk \
uncorked; uncorking; uncorks

Definition of uncork 

transitive verb

1 : to draw a cork from uncork a bottle

2a : to release from a sealed or pent-up state uncork a surprise

b : to let go : release uncork a wild pitch

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Examples of uncork in a Sentence

uncork a bottle of wine The incident uncorked years of pent-up anger and frustration.

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So rip open the Skinny Pop, uncork the prosecco, channel your inner Steve Kornacki, and get ready for a long, long night! Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Midterm Elections Are Almost Here—What You Need to Know Now," 5 Nov. 2018 In a 33-16 victory over Missouri, the 6-foot-2, 208-pound junior uncorked 11 punts, 10 of which landed inside the Tigers’ 20. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Inside Michael Dickson’s improbable journey from Sydney to the Seahawks," 13 Aug. 2018 After rallying Alabama from a 13–0 halftime deficit in the national title game against Georgia and uncorking a perfect 41-yard strike for the game-winning touchdown in overtime, Tagovailoa became a Tuscaloosa legend. SI.com, "Behind the Scenes with Alabama Football," 4 May 2018 Brady finishes the drill by uncorking a rope in between the hashmarks at the 35 to the back right corner of the end zone. Touchdown! Albert Breer, SI.com, "What Drama? It’s Business as Usual for Brady and the Patriots," 7 June 2018 The secret to the V-8's improvements is primarily the new transmission, which uncorks more of the engine's potential. Joe Bruzek, USA TODAY, "Review: Ford's plush F-150 Platinum gets a V-8 update," 5 Jan. 2018 Josh Reddick uncorked two outfield assists in the fifth and seventh to deny him more run support. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Jose Altuve comes up big in Astros' late comeback win over Angels," 16 May 2018 Oregon's Damarcus Simpson uncorked a monster long jump, and the Ducks remained on pace to win a 12th consecutive men's team title on the first day of the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships Saturday at Stanford's Cobb Track and Angell Field. Ken Goe, OregonLive.com, "Oregon men remain on pace for the Pac-12 track title; USC and Oregon in tussle for women's title," 12 May 2018 Back then, nature uncorked all manner of sinister specimens on earth and at sea, capping the epoch’s collection with the fearsome Tyrannosaur. Mark Washburn, charlotteobserver, "The Dinosaur King in the Queen City? Charlotte kids might not believe the size of this experience | Charlotte Observer," 25 May 2018

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of uncork

: to remove a cork from (a bottle)

: to allow (something that was contained or controlled) to come out, escape, etc.

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