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 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 Yes, things really got popping when Hewett uncorked the champagne in his beloved’s general direction. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "Meet the Well-Intentioned Man Whose Pinterest-Inspired Engagement Photos Hilariously Failed," 22 Oct. 2019 Down 97-96 with a little less than eight minutes left Monday, the Warriors uncorked a 15-2 run to pull away for their first victory in four games and avoid their first 0-5 start at home since the 1997-98 season. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Eric Paschall powers Warriors to joyful win over Blazers," 4 Nov. 2019 The defense managed two key stops inside the 10-yard line and the tide seemed to turn after Mitch Trubisky uncorked a 53-yard pass to Taylor Gabriel off a play fake and David Montgomery powered his way into the end zone. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Matt Nagy has lost his aggressiveness, adding another layer to the Bears’ mess," 3 Nov. 2019 Facing a third down on its first drive after the half, Fink uncorked his prettiest deep pass of the night, finding Michael Pittman Jr., who brushed off a Utah defensive back on his way to a highlight-reel, 77-yard touchdown. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "Matt Fink steps in for injured Kedon Slovis and USC defense holds off No. 10 Utah," 20 Sep. 2019 That shakiness at elevation continued, as Valaika’s double uncorked three runs thanks to RBI hits by Tony Wolters, Trevor Story and Daniel Murphy. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "Rockies hold on for 11-10 victory over Padres to clinch second straight series victory," 14 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Dec 2019

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“Uncork.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/uncork?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=u&file=uncork01. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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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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