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Difference between Cork something down and Cork something up

cork something down

1. fasten smth. tightly with a cork:

  • That medicine ought to be corked down closely after use.

2. (of feelings, reactions, etc.) suppress:

  • He fought his anger at them, corked it down deep within him, and maintained a calm expression.

cork something up

1. = cork something down 1:

  • It’s dangerous to cork up these bottles while the wine is still fermenting, you know.

2. = cork something down 2:

  • It’s very bad for you to cork your emotions up like that: you’d feel much better if you could “let yourself go.”