cork up v.
1. (US) to be quiet, to stop talking.
|Life in Boston & N.Y. (Boston, MA) 14 Apr. n.p.: Cork up and burst, Blower.|
|N.-Y. After Dark 36: Cork up, Ginny, and wash your glasses!|
|Princeton Stories 22: Oh, cork up, you big cow!|
2. to make someone be quiet.
|(con. c.1840) Huckleberry Finn 24: Jim would [...] say, ‘Hm! What you know ’bout witches?’ and that nigger was corked up and had to take a back seat.|
|Age Of Consent 87: He shut up suddenly, corked up by a special item in his list of martydoms that squandered him to gloom.|
3. (US) to have sexual intercourse (with) .
|Tough Guy [ebook] ‘He don’t look like a jewboy,’ Clip announced. ‘Some mick must’ve corked up his of lady on a dark night’.|
4. (UK/UK black) to fill up.
|(con. 1930s) He Don’t Know ‘A’ from a Bull’s Foot 9: I heard her say ‘We can’t pay the landlord today, he’ll have to cork his arsehole up’.|
|(con. 1979–80) Brixton Rock (2004) 223: Nuff people are gonna cork up the dole house.|