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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?
See also: blow, fuse

cork high and bottle deep

Rur. very drunk. By the time the party was over, he was cork high and bottle deep.
See also: and, bottle, cork, deep, high

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!
See also: cork, up

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.
See also: cork, pop

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.
See also: sock, stuff

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.
See also: blow, fuse

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.
See also: blow, fuse

blow a fuse

and 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!
See also: blow, fuse

blow one’s cork

verb
See also: blow, cork

liquid cork

n. a medicine that stops diarrhea. This liquid cork isn’t so bad if you get it good and cold before you take it.
See also: cork, liquid

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.
See also: cork, pop

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
See also: sock, stuff

Put a cork in it!

verb
See also: cork, put

blow a fuse

/gasket Slang
To explode with anger.
See also: blow, fuse

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.
See also: blow, fuse

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?”
See also: cork, pull
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Creative Teams Invited to Create Cork Art for Prizes
BEIRUT: Vinifest organizers are telling the country's more creative wine drinkers to stick a cork in it, or more like 1,000 corks.
This pressure can launch a champagne cork at 50 miles per hour as it leaves the bottle, which is fast enough to shatter glass.
There are ready-made rattling corks on the market, but the nice thing about building your own is that you can customize them.
Once upon a time corks and wine bottles went together like.
Once you start saving your wine corks, ReCork asks that, for environmental purposes, you only ship boxes with 15 pounds worth of corks in them to keep the resulting carbon emissions low.
Thus Cork ReHarvest's mission is not only to promote cork recycling, but to make natural corks the one and only option for consumers.
The faster corks go out of fashion, the better it is for the consumers -- these natural stoppers are responsible for 5 per cent of wines acquiring cork taint and becoming unfit for drinking.
Some traditionalists assert that real corks are the only way to get the healthy gas exchange needed for a flavorful wine, while screw caps are suffocating.
Says Wesson, "Unlike wine bottles with corks, screwcaps require no special tool.
The primary subject matter of this case concerned an intriguing product development dilemma encountered at Rodney Strong Vineyards, whether to use natural corks or metal screw caps on their wines.
The bark of cork oak trees regenerates, allowing the trees to be safely stripped in nine-year intervals to create natural wine corks.
When he was six years old the young Pollack decided, with impeccable logic, that if an ordinary cork floated in water, a boat constructed entirely of corks couldn't ever sink.
But with natural corks there will always be a bum cork coming through, they are all individual, like finger prints.