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- interj. The sound made when a cork is forcibly drawn from a bottle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The sound made when a cork is forcibly drawn from a bottle.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sound made when a cork is pulled out of the neck of a bottle.
Even when a loud "cloop" in the dark passageway to the kitchen told that another bottle was being opened as the omelet came in, borne aloft by white-robed Suey, crowned with red poppies and blue blazes, and set triumphantly before the mistress of the feast, Harris could detect no flutter of disapprobation.
Stair could send a smooth, flat stone skipping from one side to the other of the still bay, which Patsy declared was no sort of sport because hers, though every bit as well thrown as Stair's, invariably plumped to the bottom with a little farewell "cloop" as soon as they encountered the water.
With a quick flinging swerve, they cast themselves to the side of safety and the foot would come loose with the "cloop" of an opening bottle.
I prefer sherry to marsala when I can get it, and the latter was the wine of which I have no doubt I heard the 'cloop' just before dinner.
It is still best known through literature, from the pages of Henry Williamson's 1920s 'novel Tarka the Otter, or for its fleeting appearances in Wind in the Willows - "a swirl of water and a' cloop! 'and the may-fly was visible no more (and) neither was the otter, "- but now bolder members of the species can even occasionally be seen around town.
The brrr-cloop-brrr of a bird in the mimosa branches, a hoe in the garden soil-scritch, scritch-and, somewhere, her mother's voice.
He can imitate any actor, tragic or comic; any known Parliamentary orator or clergyman; any saw, cock, cloop of a cork wrenched from a bottle and guggling of wine into the decanter afterwards, bee buzzing, little boy up a chimney, etc.
A swirl of water and a ` cloop! 'and the May-fly was visible no more.
A swirl of water and a 'cloop!' and the May-fly was visible no more.
A swirl of water and a "cloop!" and the May-fly was visible no more.
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