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blow a fuse
1. to burn out the fuse on an electrical circuit and lose power. The microwave oven blew a fuse, so we had no power. You'll blow a fuse if you use too many appliances at once.
2. and blow one's fuse; blow a gasket; blow one's cork; blow one's lid; blow one's top; blow one's stack Fig. to explode with anger; to lose one's temper. Come on, don't blow a fuse. Go ahead, blow a gasket! What good will that do?
cork high and bottle deep
Rur. very drunk. By the time the party was over, he was cork high and bottle deep.
cork something up
1. Lit. to close and seal a bottle with a cork. I think we should cork this up and save it for later. Cork up the bottle for later.
2. Fig. to stop up one's mouth and be quiet. Cork it up and listen! Cork up your mouth!
pop one's cork
1. Fig. to suddenly become mentally disturbed; to go crazy. I was so upset that I nearly popped my cork. They put him away because he popped his cork.
2. Fig. to become very angry. My mother popped her cork when she heard about my low grades. Calm down! Don't pop your cork.
Stuff a sock in it!and Put a sock in it!
Inf. Shut up! I've heard enough. Stuff a sock in it! Stuff a sock in it! You are a pain.
blow a fuse/gasket(informal)
to become very angry and shout or behave in a violent way Jim'll blow a fuse if he finds you here. When her husband realised how much she'd spent he blew a gasket.
blow a fuse
Also, blow a gasket. Lose one's temper, express furious anger. For example, When his paycheck bounced, John blew a fuse, or Tell Mom what really happened before she blows a gasket. An electric fuse is said to "blow" (melt) when the circuit is overloaded, whereas a gasket, used to seal a piston, "blows" (breaks) when the pressure is too high. The first of these slangy terms dates from the 1930s, the second from the 1940s. Also see blow one's top; keep one's cool.
blow a fuseand blow one’s fuse and blow a gasket and blow one’s cork and blow one’s lid and blow one’s top and blow one’s stack
tv. to explode with anger; to lose one’s temper. Go ahead, blow a gasket! What good will that do? Crunk! I so blew my top!
blow one’s corkverb
See blow a fuse
n. a medicine that stops diarrhea. This liquid cork isn’t so bad if you get it good and cold before you take it.
pop one’s cork
tv. to release one’s anger; to blow one’s top. She tried to hold it back, but suddenly she popped her cork.
Stuff a sock in it!and Put a sock in it! and Put a cork in it!
exclam. Shut up! I’ve heard enough. Stuff a sock in it! Put a sock in it and watch the movie
Put a cork in it!verb
blow a fuse/gasket Slang
To explode with anger.
blow a fuse
Lose your temper. Back in the days before circuit breakers, a house's electrical system was regulated by a fuse box. Individual fuses connected to separate lines throughout the house were inserted into the box. When a circuit became overloaded, a thin metal strip in the fuse melted, breaking the circuit to prevent an overload and a possible fire. You'd then replace the fuse after disconnecting whatever appliance might have caused the overload. Someone who because very angry was said to blow a fuse, which doesn't make sense because a fuse was meant to defuse, so to speak, the situation. But no one ever said that idioms must be rational. Similar expressions that make more sense are “blow your stack,” which came from the era of steam engines that would explode if the steam wasn't allowed to explode, and “have a meltdown,” as in a nuclear reactor gone wild.
pull a cork
Have a drink. This expression dates from the days when homebrewed potent potables were stored in large jugs with cork stoppers. A suggestion that the contents be shared might have been phrased as “Hey, neighbor, you about ready to pull that cork?”