from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that corks bottles, for example.
  • noun Slang A remarkable or astounding person or thing.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who or that which corks.
  • noun In manufacturing, an instrument to stretch women's shoes.
  • noun An unanswerable fact or argument; that which makes further discussion or action unnecessary or impossible; a settler.
  • noun A successful examination; a “rush.”

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who puts corks into bottles.
  • noun informal A person or thing that is exceptional or remarkable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (dated slang) a remarkable or excellent thing or person
  • noun a machine that is used to put corks in bottles


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