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corkscrew

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔːkskruː
 
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Definition of corkscrew in English:

noun

1A device for pulling corks from bottles, consisting of a spiral metal rod that is inserted into the cork, and a handle that extracts it.
Example sentences
  • Then he puts the bottle between his legs and inserts an old fashioned corkscrew, pulls and tugs before the cork comes out.
  • After an hour, Phillip carried one of the crates of bottles to the haggard, and with a corkscrew he deftly pulled the corks from them, handing one to each man.
  • I inserted the corkscrew and began wrestling with the bottle like an ancient Greco-Roman wrestler.
1.1 [usually as modifier] A thing with a spiral shape or movement: a girl with corkscrew curls
More example sentences
  • His colouring was very dark and his features very striking, his hair was a nest of black corkscrew curls and he wore an Australian bush hat.
  • His unusual head of red corkscrew curls, his unconventional looks, have attracted some scathing press.
  • Her long honey blond hair was pulled back in half twist, leaving the rest free in corkscrew curls.

verb

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Move or twist in a spiral motion: the plane was corkscrewing towards the earth
More example sentences
  • Cahill's plane, still corkscrewing, veers towards the laser on the Kratch battleship, which is preparing to fire again.
  • The question of whether to proceed with the second flight arose after SpaceShipOne unexpectedly began corkscrewing as it soared toward space during its first competition flight Wednesday.
  • Then she winced as one of Cat's fighters took a graviton shot to its port engine bank and began corkscrewing towards the building.

Words that rhyme with corkscrew

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