- an instrument typically consisting of a metal spiral with a sharp point at one end and a transverse handle at the other, used for drawing corks from bottles.
- resembling a corkscrew; helical; spiral.
- to move in a spiral or zigzag course.
Origin of corkscrew
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Examples from the Web for corkscrew
I always carry a corkscrew, and I never forget to kiss the landlady.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
At last I heard him revolving on his axis down the corkscrew staircase.Wilfrid Cumbermede
Not even a corkscrew imitation of smoke issuing from the roof was forgotten.His Masterpiece
The snow snowed on, and now it fell in large, corkscrew flakes.The Eternal City
Sellers was to end with a sort of corkscrew performance on the stage.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
- a device for drawing corks from bottles, typically consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle or screw mechanism
- boxing slang a blow that ends with a twist of the fist, esp one intended to cut the opponent
- (modifier) resembling a corkscrew in shape
- to move or cause to move in a spiral or zigzag course
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Word Origin and History for corkscrew
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