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
We all jumped from our seats and stood rigid as plank boards.
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|Robert Gold|August 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
First Duggan defied him, then Rusev smashed Duggan's plank over his knee.Putin Vs. Obama—In Spandex: Wrestling’s New Cold War|Tim Teeman|May 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Michael Schulson|February 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Jimmy So|October 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
A new line of battle was formed on the plank road west of Chancellorsville, and on the turnpike east.The Campaign of Chancellorsville|Theodore A. Dodge
A plank or fence-rail served as a temporary draw-bridge, which was pulled into the swamp after passing over.Revolutionary Reader|Sophie Lee Foster
Beaulieu had placed a battery of thirty cannon so as to completely sweep every plank of the bridge.Military Career of Napoleon the Great|Montgomery B. Gibbs
"A hundred aces," broke in Plank's heavy voice as he played the last trick and picked up the scoring card and pencil.
Plank, standing beside the stretcher, raised his head, listening to the ambulance arriving at full speed.
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Word Origin for plank
British Dictionary definitions for plank (2 of 2)
Word Origin for plank
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with plank
see walk the plank.