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corkscrew

1. a device for drawing corks from bottles, typically consisting of a pointed metal spiral attached to a handle or screw mechanism
2. Boxing slang a blow that ends with a twist of the fist, esp one intended to cut the opponent

corkscrew

i. The action or performance of an airplane following a flight path resembling a corkscrew, as in a spiral or a tailspin. Specifically, an evasive maneuver performed in an airplane in which the plane is made to turn sharply right and left, alternately.
ii. A defensive maneuver executed effectively and widely by bombers during World War II. On sighting the enemy fighter, the bomber was made to immediately dive sharply and turn to either the port or star-board. In this process, it lost height and gained speed. The bomber was then pulled up into a climb, reversing its direction of turn once the aircraft had regained half the lost altitude, so that by the time the original altitude and course had been regained the bomber's speed had fallen by about half the amount it had gained in the dive. This resulted in the enemy fighter overshooting its target, especially if it tried to match the bomber's turn. The maneuver was repeated, if required. It was akin to a modern-day yo-yo.
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The introduction of a brush on the end of a corkscrew handle, for example, helps set the date to the late 18th century, when wine bottles were laid in the cellar.
When rancher James Cook found devil's corkscrews on his property along the Niobrara River in 1891, he alerted Erwin H.
Based on that success, Vaughn standardized the corkscrew milling method and Ingersoll tooling for all guide pin holes as well as all holes larger than 2-1/2" in the die patterns themselves.
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Nighttime illumination is provided by corkscrew chandeliers supporting corkscrew bulbs which transforms the building into a glowing organism, enticing the studious into its depths.
The most basic corkscrew is one with a metal helix, or "worm," that is attached to a handle.
Based on that success, Vaughn standardized on the corkscrew milling method and Ingersoll tooling for all guide pin holes as well as all holes over 2.
A pneumatic arm pushes the labels down a track with a corkscrew design that bends the label.
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Joined by Norwood Pennewell, they both demonstrate the dipped-body balances, corkscrew changes of position on one leg and improbable backward tilts that a larger ensemble arrives to take up.
It takes about five corkscrew turns of logic to get to that," he laughed.