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 Hoffman needed 82 pitches to scramble through 2 ⅔ innings, walked four, hit a batter and uncorked two wild pitches. Patrick Saunders, The Denver Post, "Rockies played free baseball down in the Arizona desert and walked away with sweep of D-backs," 20 June 2019 Laureno gathered himself and uncorked a beautiful throw. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros struggle against A's for second straight night," 11 Sep. 2019 Anecdotally, there are signs that the Democratic energy uncorked in Virginia by Trump three years ago continues to build, most notably in once-reliably red suburbs that have gone blue in subsequent elections. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Virginia’s ‘off-off-year’ elections were once sleepy. And then came Trump.," 14 Sep. 2019 The run was self-inflicted: Scott Kingery made an error before Nicholas Castellanos was hit by a pitch and Nola uncorked a wild pitch. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Matthew Boyd solid in loss vs. Phillies, 3-2 (15 inn.)," 24 July 2019 Lefty Amir Garrett was summoned to face Christian Yelich, and after uncorking a wild pitch to move up the runners, walked Yelich to load them. Tom Haudricourt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Reds 4: Freddy Peralta rescues overworked bullpen, Chacín headed for injured list," 24 July 2019 Crawford could only watch as Moore received the ball, turned, planted his feet and uncorked a sidearm rocket toward first. oregonlive.com, "Seattle Mariners’ defensive play of the year has already happened: Commentary," 20 June 2019 As the pocket began to constrict, Agnew bounced confidently – no jittery feet, no panic, no indecision – and uncorked a perfect, in-stride ball to Houston over the middle. San Diego Union-Tribune, "This Ryan Agnew ‘magnificent’ in Aztecs’ historic win against UCLA," 7 Sep. 2019 Then, during the middle of his second drive, the true freshman uncorked a deep pass, 41 yards down the field to wideout Tyler Vaughns. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s JT Daniels is out for the season after tearing knee ligaments," 1 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of uncork

1709, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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31 Oct 2019

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The first known use of uncork was in 1709

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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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