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pull the plug

Slang definitions & phrases for pull the plug

pull the plug 1

verb phrase

  1. To terminate something; end support or cooperation: if the affiliates rise up in rebellion and pull the plug (1940s+)
  2. To terminate various mechanical and electronic efforts being used to keep life in a moribund patient (1960s+)

[fr the disconnecting of an electrical plug]

pull the plug 2

verb phrase

To dive in a submarine; submerge

[1970s+ Navy; fr the withdrawing of a bathtub plug]

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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