uncork

verb

un·​cork ˌən-ˈkȯrk How to pronounce uncork (audio)
uncorked; uncorking; uncorks

transitive verb

1
: to draw a cork from
uncork a bottle
2
a
: to release from a sealed or pent-up state
uncork a surprise
b
: to let go : release
uncork a wild pitch

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 Moving Mookie Betts to shortstop from second base less than two weeks before the start of the regular season is an error far worse than even the wildest throw uncorked by Gavin Lux. Bill Plaschke, Los Angeles Times, 9 Mar. 2024 Brock Purdy, who had been woeful in the first half and shaky to start the second, despite that opening-drive field goal, had uncorked a deep pass down the middle of the field on the second play of the drive. Dieter Kurtenbach, The Mercury News, 28 Jan. 2024 Forward Jordyn Huitema uncorked a textbook header off a cross from Ashley Lawrence that knotted things in the 82nd minute. Bryce Miller, San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2024 The server returned and uncorked their bottle of wine. Elliot Ackerman, WIRED, 7 Feb. 2024 Director Mike Hodges uncorks him as a criminal with a good — albeit violent — heart, who is capable of true masculine terror. Eric Farwell, EW.com, 27 Oct. 2023 When fully charged, the electric opener can uncork up to 30 bottles of wine on a single charge. Maya Polton, Better Homes & Gardens, 8 Feb. 2024 Over at Christie’s, Champagne bottles were surely uncorked after the sale of Joshua Johnson’s Mrs. Martha Dorsey and Mary Ann Dorsey, from around 1804. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 27 Jan. 2024 Less than a minute later, Pastrnak uncorked a shot from the left circle that slipped past Samsonov for the game-winner. Conor Ryan, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Uncork.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncork. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

uncork

verb
un·​cork ˌən-ˈkȯ(ə)rk How to pronounce uncork (audio)
ˈən-
1
: to draw a cork from
2
a
: to release from a sealed or shut up state
uncork a surprise
b
: to let go : release
uncork a wild pitch

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