- a mandrel on which tubes are formed.
- a punch on which a cup is drawn.
- a protrusion on a forging die for forming a recess in the work.
- a false bottom on a die.
- to connect to an electrical power source: Plug the TV set in over there.
- Informal. to add or include; incorporate: They still have to plug in more research data.
- to connect or become connected by or as if by means of a plug: The device will plug into any convenient wall outlet. The proposed new departments would eventually plug into the overall organizational plan.
- Informal. to feel an affinity for; like; understand: Some kids just don't plug into sports in school.
Idioms about plug
- to discontinue or terminate: The government has threatened to pull the plug on further subsidies.
- to disconnect life-sustaining equipment from (a moribund patient).
Origin of plug
OTHER WORDS FROM plugplug·ga·ble, adjectiveplug·ging·ly, adverbplugless, adjectivepluglike, adjective
Words nearby plug
ABOUT THIS WORD
What else does plug mean?
Content warning: this article references illegal and illicit drugs.
A plug (or the plug) is a person who has the ability to get or supply hard-to-find items, especially drugs.
Where does plug come from?
The word plug made its way into the English language, likely from Dutch, as far back as the 1620s. It was a word used by sailors, as plugs can be quite useful on a boat in leaky situations.
In the 1880s, plug gained its electrical sense, referring to an outlet and electrical connection instead of just a stopper. In the 1930s, we see the word connection emerge as slang for an illegal drug supplier, the person connecting the drugs themselves to the sellers and users. This notion of connection appears to influence the slang sense of plug for a drug seller in the early 2000s.
In 2014, 50 Cent’s G Unit released “The Plug,” which boasts about being a drug hookup, or the plug.
Well, if you need that, then get at me
I’m the plug
Dope, coke, crack, man get at me
I’m the plug”
While the slang plug initially and especially refers to linking people together for drug-related transactions, plug spread by the 2010s for a source of any rare or desirable item.
How is plug used in real life?
Outside of everyday uses of plugs such as electrical plugs and plugging holes, plug is youth slang for a supplier of sought-after products, ranging from designer shoes and event tickets …
I want those new Yeezy somebody direct me to the plug 😩
— J/•\Y (@jayyborders) December 11, 2018
Pizza Zoo…..Saturday……get yo tickets fools! I am not the plug!
— Jessi (@Jessi_Dean) July 24, 2018
… to drugs, whether scored from small-time dealers or big-time suppliers.
i have 800mg ibuprofen so if anyone needs a new plug hmu
— horrible little goose (@edamamiiiii) August 9, 2015
Of course, we’d be remiss not to point out that plug is also a popular informal term meaning “to publicize something or someone insistently.”
FROM MODEST SHOOT TO FORWARD PLANT. A shameless plug for my book on women in botanical culture from herb women to botanical poets; many courted controversy by wantonly focussing on the sexual parts of the flower the stamens and pistils #FolkloreThursday image 1 Corpse Lily pic.twitter.com/tllq5naLGG
— Coffin Boffin (@DrSamGeorge1) January 24, 2019
More examples of plug:
“Skepta’s Clothing Brand Mains is Finally Available…Who’s Got the Plug?”
—The Drop Date (headline), June 2017
This content is not meant to be a formal definition of this term. Rather, it is an informal summary that seeks to provide supplemental information and context important to know or keep in mind about the term’s history, meaning, and usage.
How to use plug in a sentence
The end result is that this solution is incredibly less plug-and-play for game developers, and developers will have to integrate their payment systems with Apple’s in-app purchase frameworks.Apple lays out its messy vision for how xCloud and Stadia will work with its App Store rules|Lucas Matney|September 11, 2020|TechCrunch
Except, late into Friday night, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes suddenly pulled the plug on the Saturday event.He’s Fighting QAnon With Sunlight|Nick Fouriezos|September 6, 2020|Ozy
Meanwhile, a board of experienced investors guides their progress—and can pull the plug if that progress is too slow.Are blockchain companies cursed with too much cash?|Jeff|August 19, 2020|Fortune
“That was really the spark plug,” Merlo said in an interview this month.U.S. will conduct an unofficial dry run of a COVID-19 vaccine campaign this fall|Claire Zillman, reporter|August 19, 2020|Fortune
The other thing I will say, this is a little plug to the public, that if people would just listen to what they’re being told in terms of, you know, stay at home as much as you can, wearing masks when you’re out, social distancing.‘We Have the Power as a Community to Decide’|Megan Wood|August 7, 2020|Voice of San Diego
TLC promptly pulled the plug on the hit series and Shannon embarked on a press tour denying the claims.Butts, Brawls, and Bill Cosby: The Biggest Celebrity Scandals of 2014 |Kevin Fallon|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Just plug it into any TV and get watching—no need to schedule an installation.New Innovations Let You Watch TV Anywhere You Go||December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then I reach into my pocket and plug in another quarter.‘Asteroids’ & The Dawn of the Gamer Age|David Owen|November 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
How long did you see Hello Ladies going prior to HBO pulling the plug?Stephen Merchant Talks ‘Hello Ladies’ movie, the Nicole Kidman Cameo, and Legacy of ‘The Office’|Marlow Stern|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She recalls a particularly traumatic conversation with a HBO executive soon after the plug was pulled on The Comeback.How Lisa Kudrow Pulled Off TV’s Ultimate ‘Comeback’|Kevin Fallon|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"Let's fight them," said Dan, taking out his plug of tobacco and holding it until a decision was made.
"All right," said Dan, biting off a big chew from the plug he was holding, and restoring the rest to his pocket.
If the decision had been against a fight, Dan would have put the plug back without taking a chew.
A connecting rod worked a balance-beam, which worked the air-pump, feed-pump, and plug-rod for moving the valves.
A piece of iron sticking out from the cross-head carried the plug-rod for working the gear-handles.
British Dictionary definitions for plug
- a cake of pressed or twisted tobacco, esp for chewing
- a small piece of such a cake
Derived forms of plugplugger, noun
Word Origin for plug
Other Idioms and Phrases with plug
In addition to the idiom beginning with plug
- plug away at
- plugged in, be
- peg (plug) away at
- pull the plug on