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corker

[kawr-ker] /ˈkɔr kər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that corks.
2.
Informal. something that closes a discussion or settles a question.
3.
Informal. someone or something that is astonishing or excellent.
Origin of corker
1715-1725
1715-25; cork + -er1; defs. 2-3 of unclear relation to def. 1 and perhaps of distinct orig.
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  • They are commonly handed warm to the corker, who dips them into a small vessel of wine before making use of them.

  • That weed was sure a corker for smell as well as smoke, Uncle Jim!

  • Like others, he could have stood corker's rage better than the jokes of his cronies.

    Acton's Feud Frederick Swainson
  • Father O'Mahony is a corker, and should know that he is talking nonsense.

    Ireland as It Is Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
  • If he felt it—well, the Colonel was a corker; if he didn't feel it—well, the Colonel was just about tuckered out.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
British Dictionary definitions for corker

corker

/ˈkɔːkə/
noun
1.
(slang)
  1. something or somebody striking or outstanding: that was a corker of a joke
  2. an irrefutable remark that puts an end to discussion
2.
a person or machine that inserts corks
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Word Origin and History for corker
n.

1837, slang, something that "settles" a debate, discussion, conflict, etc.; hence "something astonishing" (1880s). Probably an agent noun from cork (v.) on the notion is of putting a cork in a bottle as an act of finality.

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Slang definitions & phrases for corker

corker

noun

A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; humdinger, piss-cutter: What a corker, this guy

[1882+; fr earlier sense ''something that definitively settles a matter,'' perhaps fr caulk]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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