plumber's helper


Origin of plumber's helper

An Americanism dating back to 1950–55
Also called plumber's friend.

Definition for plumbers-friend (2 of 2)

[ pluhn-jer ]
/ ˈplʌn dʒər /


Machinery. a pistonlike reciprocating part moving within the cylinder of a pump or hydraulic device.
Automotive. a pistonlike part in the valve of a pneumatic tire.
Also called force cup, plumber's friend, plumber's helper. a device consisting of a handle with a rubber suction cup at one end, used as a force pump to free clogged drains and toilet traps.
a person or thing that plunges.
a reckless bettor or speculator.

Origin of plunger

First recorded in 1605–15; plunge + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for plumbers-friend

/ (ˈplʌndʒə) /


a rubber suction cup fixed to the end of a rod, used to clear blocked drains
a device or part of a machine that has a plunging or thrusting motion; piston
informal a reckless gambler
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