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corkscrew

[kawrk-skroo] /ˈkɔrkˌskru/
noun
1.
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.
adjective
2.
resembling a corkscrew; helical; spiral.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
3.
to move in a spiral or zigzag course.
Origin
1805-1815
1805-15; cork + screw
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  • Pay the toll, pick up a brochure, then corkscrew your way up the mountain.
  • All of those machines are built in such a way that a ship must cross them in a corkscrew motion.
  • There is a difficult corkscrew pirouette, and a few leaps, which derive from the decathlon.
  • The standard maneuver for avoiding antiaircraft fire was the corkscrew, combining side-to-side with up-and-down weaving.
  • It also adds a smaller cutting blade and a sturdy corkscrew.
  • The blood can advance in a corkscrew fashion, or backward and forward at once, choking off any aortic branch in its path.
  • They either have that odd corkscrew shape or they're slow to light up, or both.
  • The admission price also includes access to two-story, dual corkscrew water slides.
  • Don't forget a corkscrew and a few plastic wine goblets.
  • The increase in speed imparts a corkscrew rotation on the storm which, in short, develops the tornado in its lowest levels.
British Dictionary definitions for corkscrew

corkscrew

/ˈkɔːkˌskruː/
noun
1.
a device for drawing corks from bottles, typically consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle or screw mechanism
2.
(boxing, slang) a blow that ends with a twist of the fist, esp one intended to cut the opponent
3.
(modifier) resembling a corkscrew in shape
verb
4.
to move or cause to move in a spiral or zigzag course
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Word Origin and History for corkscrew
n.

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

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