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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Oster Cordless Electric Wine Bottle Opener is an impressive gadget that can uncork her bottle of wine with just a touch of a button. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "52 meaningful gift ideas your wife will love," 11 Dec. 2020 The Vikings offense has the highest under-center rate in the NFL, with Cousins known for leaning on running back Dalvin Cook to uncork deep throws off play action. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Film review: Kirk Cousins, Vikings step out of mold to inch past Bears defense," 18 Nov. 2020 The cordless, rechargeable wine opener can uncork a bottle of wine with the press of a button—all for less than $20. Rachel Murphy, USA TODAY, "The best deals to shop from Home Depot's competing Prime Day sale," 14 Oct. 2020 So uncork the champagne, treat yourself to a spa day, and bask in the glory of a job well done. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, "How to Set Goals and Actually Achieve Them, According to the Pros," 27 May 2020 Locked in a hotly contested game against the Edmonton Oilers, Wild fourth liner Marcus Foligno uncorked a blistering wrist shot and beat goaltender Mike Smith with relative ease. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild fourth line changing the perception: ‘There’s a lot of skill there’," 14 Dec. 2019 Facing a 3rd-and-15 from their 35-yard line, Mahomes uncorked a high-arcing, 44-yard completion to all-alone wide receiver Tyreek Hill. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Chiefs deny 49ers their first title in 25 years, win Super Bowl LIV 31-20," 2 Feb. 2020 Allen uncorked the ball anyway, throwing into the density. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How Reliable Is Josh Allen and the Bills’ Offense?," 3 Oct. 2019 Back in the field, Urias uncorked a pinpoint relay throw to the plate that catcher Austin Hedges failed to handle as Chris Taylor scored the game’s sole run. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Padres’ Luis Urias must show he can be ‘second baseman of future’," 27 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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13 Dec 2020

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“Uncork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncork. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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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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