- a ruffian; rowdy; tough.
Origin of plugugly
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“Let the plug-ugly have what he seems to be looking for,” advised Mern.Joan of Arc of the North Woods
Every criminal and plug-ugly in the country is spitting in our faces this morning.Cavanagh: Forest Ranger
The “plug-ugly” of Baltimore is another name for the same class.
A giant "plug-ugly" bellowed with triumph over his successful shot, yelled "kill 'em all!"Tom Strong, Lincoln's Scout
Alfred Bishop Mason
- informal extremely ugly
- US slang a city tough; ruffian
C19: origin obscure; originally applied to ruffians in New York who attempted to exert political pressure
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Word Origin and History for plug-ugly
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