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blow a fuse

1. Literally, to suddenly lose power due to an overloaded electrical circuit. Well, we just blew a fuse—it seems that running the space heater, the coffee maker, and a blow dryer at the same time was not the best idea!
2. To react furiously and/or violently, to the point of losing control of one's behavior. Mom totally blew a fuse when I told her I had failed math. Don't blow a fuse, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.
See also: blow, fuse

cork high and bottle deep

Very drunk. Do you remember last night at the bar at all? You were cork high and bottle deep!
See also: and, bottle, cork, deep, high

cork up

1. Literally, to insert a cork into something, such as the opening of a bottle. A noun or pronoun can be used between "cork" and "up." There's still some wine in the bottle, so should we cork it up?
2. To become quiet. Typically used as an imperative. In this usage, the phrase is often "cork it up." Cork it up, kids—all the screaming is giving me a headache!
See also: cork, up

pull a cork

To begin drinking an alcoholic beverage, especially wine. You should come by on Friday—we can have dinner, pull a cork or two, it will be great!
See also: cork, pull

blow (one's) cork

To react furiously and/or violently, to the point of losing control of one's behavior. Mom totally blew her cork when I told her I had failed math. Don't blow your cork, it's just a tiny scratch on the car.
See also: blow, cork

liquid cork

dated Liquid antidiarrheal medicine. Be sure to pack some liquid cork on your travels—I hear food in that part of the world can tear through your body something fierce if you're not ready.
See also: cork, liquid

pop (one's) cork

1. slang To have a nervous breakdown; to become mentally or emotionally unstable; to lose one's mind. His bizarre decision to sell off all his stakes in the firm he helped create have many wondering if he hasn't popped his cork. I think the poor woman popped her cork after the death of her children.
2. slang To become or cause one to become infuriated. It isn't so much what he says that pops my cork—it's the smug, condescending way he says it. Hearing them make fun of the poor child's disability really popped my cork, and I flew into a rage that I think scared the living daylights out of them.
3. vulgar slang To experience an orgasm. Said especially of a man.
See also: cork, pop

put a cork in it

To stop talking and be quiet. Usually used as an imperative. Put a cork in it, you two! I don't want to hear any more arguing until we get to Grandma's house.
See also: cork, put

shove a cork in it

To stop talking and be quiet; to shut up. Usually used as an imperative. Shove a cork in it, you two! I don't want to hear any more arguing until we get to Grandma's house. I was just about to tell them about Janet's pregnancy, but I shoved a cork in it when she shot me an icy look. Oh, shove a cork in it! No one wants to hear your complaints anymore.
See also: cork, shove

stuff a cork in it

To stop talking and be quiet; to shut up. Usually used as an imperative. Stuff a cork in it, you two! I don't want to hear any more arguing until we get to Grandma's house. I was just about to tell them about Janet's pregnancy, but I stuffed a cork in it when she shot me an icy look. Oh, stuff a cork in it! No one wants to hear your complaints anymore.
See also: cork, stuff

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

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

If you blow a fuse, you suddenly lose your temper and cannot control your anger. For all my experience, I blew a fuse in the quarter-final and could have been sent off. He's going to blow a fuse when he finds out about Miller. Note: A fuse is a safety device found in electrical equipment. If the equipment becomes too hot, the fuse blows, or burns. This breaks the electrical circuit, so that the equipment will stop working.
See also: blow, fuse

blow a fuse

lose your temper. informal
The metaphor is of the failure of an electrical circuit or engine as a result of overheating.
See also: blow, fuse

blow a ˈfuse

(informal) get very angry: It was only a suggestion, Rob. There’s no need to blow a fuse.
This refers to the fact that if the flow of electricity in a piece of electrical equipment is too strong, the fuse (= a small wire or device inside it) will break (blow), often with a loud noise, and stop the current.
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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The coolest thing about cork is you don't have to kill or damage the tree to harvest the bark.