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  1. a person or thing that corks.
  2. Informal. something that closes a discussion or settles a question.
  3. Informal. someone or something that is astonishing or excellent.
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Origin of corker

1715–25; cork + -er1; defs 2, 3 of unclear relation todef 1 and perhaps of distinct orig.
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  1. slang
    1. something or somebody striking or outstandingthat was a corker of a joke
    2. an irrefutable remark that puts an end to discussion
  2. a person or machine that inserts corks
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Word Origin and History for corker


1837, slang, something that "settles" a debate, discussion, conflict, etc.; hence "something astonishing" (1880s). Probably an agent noun from cork (v.) on the notion is of putting a cork in a bottle as an act of finality.

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