Definition of uncork in English:



  • 1 Pull the cork out of (a bottle or other container)

    • ‘In one scene, a waiter uncorks a bottle of champagne with a loud pop.’
    • ‘Around the ground, pine trees offer shade under which bottles are uncorked and picnic baskets unloaded.’
    • ‘The open air restaurant prepares endless cups of cappuccino and uncorks bottles of white wine for those fortunate enough to take the afternoon off.’
    • ‘‘You were awesome,’ Guy told me, smirking as he uncorked the bottle of wine.’
    • ‘Shrugging, she uncorked the bottle and waved it under Alice's nose.’
    • ‘And when the time is right, you can uncork a bottle of your finest vintage and enjoy the fruits of your labor.’
    • ‘The designated driver will traditionally be having a mineral, but the other adults could consider uncorking a bottle of big chewy Shiraz.’
    • ‘While mother began to uncork the bottle, a familiar, heavy aroma assaulted my nostrils.’
    • ‘If a married woman fancies a swig of something naughty but nice, all she has to do is slip out of her apron and meet a pal down the pub, or uncork a bottle of Chardonnay while watching tv.’
    • ‘She had prepared a candlelit dinner and uncorked a bottle of imported champagne.’
    • ‘Arrgh… Time to uncork a bottle of wine and drink a toast to the cloying self-love that swirls through my lovely little city.’
    • ‘She had discovered a few bottles hidden in a dusty rack wedged between two kitchen units and she'd wasted no time in uncorking a bottle of white and pouring out three large glasses, passing one each to Carl and Michael.’
    • ‘He removed the mixtures and potions from his bag and uncorked the bottles.’
    • ‘We'd throw a rope round a tree and the children would dash off along the towpath for a recce while the adults threw together a little light salad and uncorked a local rose.’
    • ‘He remained standing while he uncorked a bottle of wine.’
    • ‘Despite my reservations, I uncorked the squat bottle and poured a glass of the golden liquid - handcrafted by a team of only three and aged for 10 years.’
    • ‘The mayor performed a ribbon-cutting ceremony and uncorked a celebratory bottle of champagne at the new office in Hollins Brook Way.’
    • ‘Er, shall I uncork another bottle on my way back?’
    • ‘Jazz plays on the radio as Mark uncorks a bottle of fine red wine.’
    • ‘I try to imagine her uncorking a bottle of wine, picking a stone out of her shoe and downloading a PowerPoint presentation in one easy movement.’
    pierce, puncture, tap
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    1. 1.1North American informal (in a game or sport) deliver (a kick, throw, or punch)
      ‘he uncorked the best throw of his career’
      • ‘Coming off a 15th place showing, the Kentucky Wildcats should uncork another solid effort.’
      • ‘Marquez was still feinting more than he was punching, and still looked unsure of when to uncork his power shots.’
      • ‘He would uncork throws - sometimes it would take him 30 minutes just to do that - and the crowd would ooh, and the ball would fly into the backstop, and the crowd would not ooh anymore.’
      • ‘Although his style won't sell out any stadiums in the US, it was effective, as Juarez could not seem to get uncorked to throw any punches in bunches.’
      • ‘The colt uncorked a devastating far turn run to sweep past the field and win by five lengths, earnings championship honors.’
      • ‘But then he uncorked a wild pitch to Tony Lazzeri to allow Earle Combs to score from third base with the Series-ending run.’
      • ‘Blake is blessed with one of the strongest arms in the league, which allows him to uncork uncannily accurate deep balls and stretch defenses vertically.’
      • ‘Santana had uncorked 57 pitches over his first three innings.’
      • ‘He also has yet to uncork a strong throw from center, and he's understandably reluctant to dive for balls.’
      • ‘So we have to take the risk of uncorking it and hoping the more progressive side wins.’
      • ‘He gave up eight hits, including a couple of home runs, uncorked one wild pitch, walked two and struck out just one.’
      • ‘He planted his sliding step and uncorked the most devastating ball of any player of his time.’
      • ‘When with the Chicago Cubs, Kingman once uncorked a tremendous throw from left field that was well wide of home plate.’
      • ‘Clocked as fast as 103 mph, this would-be closer has improved his control but still uncorks enough errant pitches to make the grittiest batter nervous.’