un·​cork | \ ˌən-ˈkȯrk How to pronounce uncork (audio) \
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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Coming uncorked at his most desperate moment, the skilled assassin in Barry finds proper motivation as an amateur actor. Hank Stuever, chicagotribune.com, "Terrific 'Barry' shows how HBO's best dramas are often found in its comedies," 23 Mar. 2018 Jonas uncorks a bottle of champagne and pours us mimosas. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "When Priyanka Met Nick: A Love Story," 29 Nov. 2018 After striking out Aguilar, Martínez uncorked two wild pitches with Jonathan Villar at the plate that allowed Shaw to score to up Milwaukee's lead to 4-1. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 11, Cardinals 3: Everything comes together in this one," 21 June 2018 Arsenal's Elneny is a solid midfielder who can do a job defensively as well as roam forward and uncork a wicked shot to stun the opposition. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "2018 World Cup Group A Preview: Uruguay Favored; All Eyes on Salah, Hosts," 7 June 2018 Kennedy’s ability to uncork all this cockamamie and turn it into an artful, and quite dear, breeze of a tale is a delight. Karen Valby, New York Times, "Turning Myths and Fairy Tales on Their Heads," 4 May 2018 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

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of uncork was in 1709

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English Language Learners Definition of uncork

: to remove a cork from (a bottle)
informal : to allow (something that was contained or controlled) to come out, escape, etc.

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