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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!
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!
corked (up)and corky
mod. alcohol intoxicated. You’d be corked up, too, if you’d drunk as much as I have. Willie’s acting sort of corky.
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