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 Howry’s punt return serves to uncork the tension, and celebration, in rainy Eugene. oregonlive, "Reliving the 10 best Civil War football games since 2000," 26 Nov. 2019 Long uncorked 29 kills and led G.W. Long to a 18-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-15 victory over Addison in today’s Class 2A volleyball championship match. Josh Bean | Jbean@al.com, al, "G.W. Long ends Addison’s streak, wins Class 2A volleyball title," 31 Oct. 2019 No pitcher in major league history had ever walked six, uncorked four wild pitches and lasted just 1 ⅓ innings. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Framber Valdez fumbles in Astros' loss to Angels," 16 July 2019 With the Predators applying constant pressure, winger Mikael Granlund corralled a pass on a two-on-one breakout and uncorked what looked like a surefire goal from the right circle. Dane Mizutani, Twin Cities, "Wild melt down in third period, fall 5-2 to Predators in season opener," 3 Oct. 2019 Emitting a high-decibel grunt or squeal while striking a backhand or uncorking a swirling roundhouse kick could substantially increase the power of that movement and sneakily bedevil your opponent. Gretchen Reynolds, New York Times, "To Boost Sports Performance (and Annoy Your Opponents), Grunt," 7 Mar. 2018 Men in popular music these days do not so much, as before, give the appearance of uncorking something bottled up. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "When Music’s Sad Boys Chase Happiness," 24 Oct. 2019 Last month, a bill that would allow extradition to China galvanized opposition from a wide swath of society and uncorked the anger and frustration that has been bubbling under the surface since 2014. James Griffiths, CNN, "Hong Kong's democracy movement was about hope. These protests are driven by desperation," 2 July 2019 Participants underwent visions, muscle spasms, and hysterical crying jags, all of which induced near-death experiences and helped participants uncork long dormant emotions. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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10 Jan 2020

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“Uncork.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncork. Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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