a piece of wood or other material used to stop up a hole or aperture, to fill a gap, or to act as a wedge.
a core or interior segment taken from a larger matrix.
Electricity. a device to which may be attached the conductors of a cord and which by insertion in a jack, or screwing into a receptacle, establishes contact.
a fireplug or hydrant.
a cake of pressed tobacco.
a piece of tobacco cut off for chewing.
Informal. the favorable mention of something, as in a lecture, radio show, etc.; advertisement; recommendation:
The actress was happy to give her new show a plug.
Angling. an artificial lure made of wood, plastic, or metal, and fitted with one or more gang hooks, used chiefly in casting.
Geology. (def 14).
Slang. a worn-out or inferior horse.
Informal. a shopworn or unsalable article.
a small piece of sod used especially for seeding a lawn.
a patch of scalp with viable hair follicles that is used as a graft for a bald part of the head.
Slang. 1 (def 1).
Also called dook. a small piece of wood inserted into masonry as a hold for a nail.
Masonry. See under .
Also called plug hat. a man’s tall silk hat.
verb (used with object), plugged, plugging.
to stop or fill with or as if with a plug (often followed by up):
to plug up a leak; plug a gap.
to insert or drive a plug into.
to secure with or as if with a plug.
to insert (something) as a plug.
to remove a core or a small plug-shaped piece from.
to remove the center of (a coin) and replace it with a baser metal:
a plugged nickel.
Informal. to mention (something) favorably, as in a lecture, radio show, etc.:
He says he will appear if he can plug his new TV series.
Slang. to punch with the fist.
Slang. to shoot or strike with a bullet.
verb (used without object), plugged, plugging.
to work with stubborn persistence (often followed by along or away):
You’re doing a fine job—just keep plugging. Some writers will plug away at the same novel for several years.
Informal. to publicize insistently:
Whenever he gets the chance, he’s plugging for his company.
Slang. to shoot or fire shots.
plug up, to become plugged:
The drain in the sink plugs up every so often.
pull the plug on, Informal.
an apparatus for splitting stone, consisting of two tapered bars (feathers) inserted into a hole drilled into the stone, between which a narrow wedge (plug) is hammered to spread them.
a piece of wood, cork, or other material, often cylindrical in shape, used to stop up holes and gaps or as a wedge for taking a screw or nail
such a stopper used esp to close the waste pipe of a bath, basin, or sink while it is in use and removed to let the water drain away
a device having one or more pins to which an electric cable is attached: used to make an electrical connection when inserted into a socket
Also called volcanic plug. a mass of solidified magma filling the neck of an extinct volcano
See sparking plug
(angling) a weighted artificial lure with one or more sets of hooks attached, used in spinning
a seedling with its roots encased in potting compost, grown in a tray with compartments for each individual plant
(informal) a recommendation or other favourable mention of a product, show, etc, as on television, on radio, or in newspapers
(slang) a shot, blow, or punch (esp in the phrase take a plug at)
(informal) the mechanism that releases water to flush a lavatory (esp in the phrase pull the plug)
(mainly US) an old horse
(informal) pull the plug on, to put a stop to
verb plugs, plugging, plugged
(transitive) to stop up or secure (a hole, gap, etc) with or as if with a plug
(transitive) to insert or use (something) as a plug: to plug a finger into one’s ear
(transitive) (informal) to make favourable and often-repeated mentions of (a song, product, show, etc), esp on television, on radio, or in newspapers
(transitive) (slang) to shoot with a gun: he plugged six rabbits
(transitive) (slang) to punch or strike
(intransitive; foll by along, away, etc) (informal) to work steadily or persistently
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.
A dense mass of material filling a hole or closing an orifice. v. plugged, plug·ging, plugs
To fill tightly with a plug.
[perhaps fr Dutch plug, ”a sorry nag,” related to Swiss-German pflag and to Danish plag, ”foal”]
(also plugged)Worthless; phony: And furthermore the author does not give a plug damn (1888+)
pull the plug, spark plug
[all senses fr the notion of plug as hole-filler; the second sense may be influenced by the notion of inferiority in plug1]
Positive publicity: I certainly would appreciate him giving me a plug with the owners (1902+)
[fr Oxford University slang, apparently in imitation of heavy ploddingsteps,orperhapsthestepsofanoldandtired horse; sense of selling or advocating fr the fact that such commendation was originally constant and repetitive]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun 1. an apparatus for splitting stone, consisting of two tapered bars (feathers) inserted into a hole drilled into the stone, between which a narrow wedge (plug) is hammered to spread them.
noun 1. (sometimes lowercase) a standard for the production of compatible computers, peripherals, and software that facilitates device installation and enables automatic configuration of the system. noun 1. (computing) a feature of hardware that enables computers to automatically detect and configure hardware devices without the need for intervention adjective 2. capable of detecting the addition […]
- Plug and pray
humour The Windows 95 equivalent of the Macintosh’s plug and play, referring to difficulties encountered when setting up new hardware under Windows 95. (1997-10-11)
- Plug away at
see: peg away at