1. A device for drawing corks from bottles, consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle.
2. Sports A swimming stroke with a flutter kick in which one alternates between overarm strokes taken while face down and overarm strokes taken while on one's back. Corkscrew is usually used as a training drill.
Spiral in shape.
intr. & tr.v. cork·screwed, cork·screw·ing, cork·screws
To move or cause to move in a spiral or winding course.
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