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[kawr-ker] /ˈkɔr kər/

a person or thing that .
Informal. something that closes a discussion or settles a question.
Informal. someone or something that is astonishing or excellent.

a person or machine that inserts corks

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.


A person or thing that is remarkable, wonderful, superior, etc; humdinger, piss-cutter: What a corker, this guy

[1882+; fr earlier sense ”something that definitively settles a matter,” perhaps fr caulk]


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