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[pluhg-er] /ˈplʌg ər/
a person or thing that plugs.
any of various machines or tools that insert, remove, or manipulate plugs or pluglike materials, as a dental instrument used to pack and mold the filling in a tooth cavity. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The Chestnut's a plugger an' ain't no good when it comes to gallopin'.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • The quitter can't survive where the plugger has the ghost of a chance.

    The Clock that Had no Hands Herbert Kaufman
  • For all he knew, the plugger was used to repair faults in the crusts of planets.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • Hellman tried to run around, but the plugger had spread, cutting the room in half.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • The plugger poured merrily through the blasted lock, into the room.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • Belatedly, they noticed that the plugger had filled almost a quarter of the room and was showing no signs of stopping.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • As the plugger produced more surface, it began to accelerate in its growth.

    One Man's Poison Robert Sheckley
  • If the gold does not stick directly, put in more cylinders with the plugger, and recommence the condensation with the burnisher.

  • The "plugger," however, is the top used to shoot with and as a rule is the boy's choicest one.

    Outdoor Sports and Games

    Claude H. Miller
Word Origin and History for plugger

1867, agent noun from plug (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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plugger in Medicine

plugger plug·ger (plŭg'ər)
A dental instrument used for condensing material in a cavity. Also called packer.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Slang definitions & phrases for plugger



  1. A diligent but not brilliant worker or student; dependable drudge (1900+)
  2. hired killer; hit man (1940s+ Underworld)
  3. : The Packers reluc-tantly shifted George Koonce from the inside linebacker (plugger) position (1990s+ Football)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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