verb (used with object)
- to be forced, as by pirates, to walk to one's death by stepping off a plank extending from the ship's side over the water.
- to relinquish something, as a position, office, etc., under compulsion: We suspect that the new vice-president walked the plank because of a personality clash.
Origin of plank
Examples from the Web for plank
Contemporary Examples of plank
We all jumped from our seats and stood rigid as plank boards.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
It has a lovely rustic feel with plank wooden floors and uncovered fireplaces.The Hell of the Hamptons: Why the Exclusive Hotspot Is a Mind-Numbing Drag
August 18, 2014
First Duggan defied him, then Rusev smashed Duggan's plank over his knee.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War
May 14, 2014
Perhaps Ham will dedicate a plank in the replica ark to his bowtied benefactor.The Bill Nye-Ken Ham Debate Was a Nightmare for Science
February 5, 2014
Northup slept on a plank 12 inches wide and 10 feet long, with a stick of wood as his pillow.The ‘12 Years a Slave’ Book Shows Slavery As Even More Appalling Than In the Film
October 18, 2013
Historical Examples of plank
Then he drew himself upon his plank and swam, doubling his speed.
He slipped his arm off the plank and sank in the stream to the chin.
He wheeled it up to the side door, an' put a plank over the steps, an' wheeled it right in.Meadow Grass
A plank is found infected with it, and the whole structure is devoted.The Uncommercial Traveller
He states that they pierced a plank, an inch thick, with a bullet made of mercury.The Field of Ice
Word Origin for plank
Word Origin for plank
late 13c. (c.1200 as a surname), from Old North French planke, variant of Old French planche "plank, slab, little wooden bridge" (12c.), from Late Latin planca "broad slab, board," probably from Latin plancus "flat, flat-footed," from PIE *plak- (1) "to be flat" (see placenta). Technically, timber sawed to measure 2 to 6 inches thick, 9 inches or more wide, and 8 feet or more long. Political sense of "item of a party platform" is U.S. coinage from 1848. To walk the plank, supposedly a pirate punishment, is first attested 1789 and most early references are to slave-traders disposing of excess human cargo in crossing the ocean.
see walk the plank.