Nearby words

  1. plu.,
  2. pluck,
  3. pluck up,
  4. pluck up one's courage,
  5. plucky,
  6. plug and feathers,
  7. plug and play,
  8. plug away at,
  9. plug casting,
  10. plug compatible

Idioms

    pull the plug on, Informal.
    1. to discontinue or terminate: The government has threatened to pull the plug on further subsidies.
    2. to disconnect life-sustaining equipment from (a moribund patient).

Origin of plug

1620–30; < Dutch; cognate with German Pflock

Related formsplug·ga·ble, adjectiveplug·ging·ly, adverbplug·less, adjectiveplug·like, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for pull the plug on

plug

/ (plʌɡ) /

noun

verb plugs, plugging or plugged

Derived Formsplugger, noun

Word Origin for plug

C17: from Middle Dutch plugge; related to Middle Low German plugge, German Pflock

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Word Origin and History for pull the plug on
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Medicine definitions for pull the plug on

plug

[ plŭg ]

n.

A dense mass of material filling a hole or closing an orifice.

v.

To fill tightly with a plug.

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Idioms and Phrases with pull the plug on

pull the plug on

1

Discontinue, end, as in The government pulled the plug on that program. [First half of 1900s]

2

Remove all life-supporting equipment, as in The family debated whether it was time to pull the plug on him. [Second half of 1900s] Although this idiom undoubtedly alludes to cutting off electricity to an electrical device, it originally referred to the removal of a stopper that flushed an old-style toilet.

plug

In addition to the idiom beginning with plug

  • plug away at
  • plugged in, be

also see:

  • peg (plug) away at
  • pull the plug on
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