Snobs feel it's hard to call it wine with a straight face, when the cork is made of plastic.
He corked his bat, which was discovered when it broke, causing a controversy.
Tried to cork my anger.
- To lose one's temper; become enraged.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of cork
- Middle English corke cork, cork-soled shoe probably ultimately from Arabic dialectal qurq perhaps (via Berber) from Latin cortex, cortic- bark cortex
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English cork (“oak bark", "cork”), from Middle Dutch curc (“cork (material or object)”) or Middle Low German korck (“cork (material or object)”) or Early Modern German Kork (“cork (material or object)”), 1) from Spanish corcho (“cork (material or object)”) (also corcha or corche), (via Mozarabic) from Latin cortex (“bark”), or 2) from (Old) Spanish alcorque (“cork sole”), from Andalusian Arabic القورق (al-qūrq), from Latin quercus (“oak”) or Latin cortex (“bark”) or from Aramaic
- From the traversal path resembling that of a corkscrew.