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 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 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

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First Known Use of uncork

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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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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