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plank

[ plangk ]
/ plæŋk /
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noun

a long, flat piece of timber, thicker than a board.
lumber in such pieces; planking.
something to stand on or to cling to for support.
any one of the stated principles or objectives comprising the political platform of a party campaigning for election: They fought for a plank supporting a nuclear freeze.

verb (used with object)

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Idioms for plank

    walk the plank,
    1. 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.
    2. 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

1275–1325; Middle English planke<Old North French <Latin planca board, plank. See planch
plankless, adjectiveplanklike, adjectiveun·planked, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for plank (1 of 2)

plank1
/ (plæŋk) /

noun

verb (tr)

C13: from Old Norman French planke, from Late Latin planca board, from plancus flat-footed; probably related to Greek plax flat surface

British Dictionary definitions for plank (2 of 2)

plank2
/ (plæŋk) /

verb

(tr) Scot to hide; cache
C19: a variant of plant
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Idioms and Phrases with plank

plank

see walk the plank.

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