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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The current African Women's Footballer of the Year uncorked a thunderbolt to the top right corner past the outstretched arms of Spanish keeper Sandra Panos to give South Africa a 25th-minute lead. Aimee Lewis And Motez Bishara, CNN, "Giulia Gwinn: Germany teenager scores brilliant winner on Women's World Cup debut," 8 June 2019 Jenna Dankert uncorked the shot put 45 feet 5 inches for a state record by two full feet beyond second place. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'It was glorious' as Oak Creek boys take second, program reels in three state track and field titles," 2 June 2018 My father uncorked the 30-year-old vintage and poured out a murky, burgundy liquid that smelled like vinegar, cherries and undisguised malice. Alexandra Kleeman, WSJ, "New Year’s Resolution: Pop Champagne Whenever," 28 Dec. 2018 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

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

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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