plugugly

[ pluhg-uhg-lee ]
/ ˈplʌgˌʌg li /

noun, plural plug·ug·lies.Informal.

a ruffian; rowdy; tough.

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Origin of plugugly

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60; plug + ugly
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British Dictionary definitions for plugugly

plug-ugly

adjective

informal extremely ugly

noun plural -lies

US slang a city tough; ruffian

Word Origin for plug-ugly

C19: origin obscure; originally applied to ruffians in New York who attempted to exert political pressure
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