- 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.
verb (used with object), plugged, plug·ging.
verb (used without object), plugged, plug·ging.
- 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.
- pluck up,
- pluck up one's courage,
- plug and feathers,
- plug and play,
- plug away at,
- plug casting,
- plug compatible
- 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
plug and feathers
Origin of plug and feathers
Examples from the Web for plug
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.
And then I reach into my pocket and plug in another quarter.
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
"Sandy'll plug Old Miles in jest another minnit," remarked Fresno.The U.P. Trail|Zane Grey
The plug and firecock have both certain advantages and disadvantages, which are now described.Fire Prevention and Fire Extinction|James Braidwood
Plug up the throat and vent of shot birds with cotton, and thrust each bird head downward into a cornucopia of paper.Elementary Zoology, Second Edition|Vernon L. Kellogg
Just plug at 'em as you would at a crow, and then go on your way whistlin'?Si Klegg, Book 5 (of 6)|John McElroy
Why, had I children, I should plug both ears with cotton, for fear I should hear the door-bell.How to Cook Husbands|Elizabeth Strong Worthington
- a cake of pressed or twisted tobacco, esp for chewing
- a small piece of such a cake
verb plugs, plugging or plugged
Word Origin for plug
1620s, originally a seamen's term, probably from Dutch plug, Middle Dutch plugge "bung, stopper," related to Norwegian plugg, Danish pløg, North Frisian plaak, Middle Low German pluck, German Pflock; ultimate origin uncertain. Irish and Gaelic words are from English. Sense of "wad or stick of tobacco" is attested from 1728, based on resemblance. Electrical sense is from 1883, based on being inserted; meaning "sparking device in an internal combustion engine" is from 1886. Meaning "advertisement" first recorded 1902, American English, perhaps from verb sense "work energetically at" (c.1865).
"close tightly (a hole), fill," 1620s, from plug (n.) or from Dutch pluggen. Meaning "work energetically at" is c.1865. Sense of "popularize by repetition" is from 1906. Slang sense "put a bullet into" is recorded from 1870. Related: Plugged; plugging.
In addition to the idiom beginning with plug
- plug away at
- plugged in, be
- peg (plug) away at
- pull the plug on