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[kawrk-skroo] /ˈkɔrkˌskru/
an instrument typically consisting of a metal spiral with a sharp point at one end and a transverse handle at the other, used for drawing corks from bottles.
resembling a corkscrew; helical; spiral.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
to move in a spiral or zigzag course.
Origin of corkscrew
1805-15; cork + screw Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for corkscrew
Historical Examples
  • And now I suppose I must knock the head off this bottle, for we haven't a corkscrew.

    Max Katherine Cecil Thurston
  • I always carry a corkscrew, and I never forget to kiss the landlady.'

    Micah Clarke Arthur Conan Doyle
  • I'm grim and resolute and relentless, and I mean to get this story out of you if I have to use a corkscrew.

    The Adventures of Sally P. G. Wodehouse
  • The snow snowed on, and now it fell in large, corkscrew flakes.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • It was plain the bottle had been just opened, for the cork and corkscrew lay beside it.

    Tales and Fantasies Robert Louis Stevenson
  • I twisted and turned like a corkscrew, but I dared not leave it.

    The La Chance Mine Mystery Susan Carleton Jones
  • The hostess looks anxious about her glass and plate; someone has forgotten the salt, and some one else the corkscrew.

  • He seized one and opened it with a corkscrew which lay near by.

    A Royal Prisoner Pierre Souvestre
  • Any one being unable to oblige him, Bill ran a corkscrew through his curly hair.

    Scarlett of the Mounted Marguerite Merington
  • The knife was now in, but the "System" had still to corkscrew it in the wound.

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
British Dictionary definitions for corkscrew


a device for drawing corks from bottles, typically consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle or screw mechanism
(boxing, slang) a blow that ends with a twist of the fist, esp one intended to cut the opponent
(modifier) resembling a corkscrew in shape
to move or cause to move in a spiral or zigzag course
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for corkscrew

1720, from cork (n.) + screw (n.). Given various figurative or extended senses from c.1815; the verb is attested from 1837.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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