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noun 
  1. (context, electricity) A pronged connector, connecting device which fits into a mating socket.
I pushed the back into the electrical socket and the lamp began to glow again.
  1. Any piece of wood, metal, or other substance used to stop or fill a hole; a stopple.
Pull the out of the tub so it can drain.
  1. A flat oblong cake of pressed tobacco.
He preferred a of tobacco to loose chaw.
  1. (context, US, slang) A high, tapering silk hat.
  2. (context, US, slang) A worthless horse.
That sorry old is ready for the glue factory!
  1. (context, construction) A block of wood let into a wall to afford a hold for nails.
  2. A mention of a product (usually a book, film or play) in an interview, or an interview which features one or more of these.
During the interview, the author put in a for his latest novel.
  1. (Geology) A body of once molten rock that hardened in a volcanic vent. Usually round or oval in shape.
Pressure built beneath the in the caldera, eventually resulting in a catastrophic explosion of pyroclastic shrapnel and ash.
  1. (context, fishing) A type of lure consisting of a rigid, buoyant or semi-buoyant body and one or more hooks.
The fisherman cast the into a likely pool, hoping to catch a whopper.
Translations: 
  • French: prise
  • German: Stí¶psel
  • Italian: tappo
    (trans-mid)
  • Spanish: tapón
    (trans-bottom)
verb (plug, g, ed)
  1. (transitive) To stop with a plug; to make tight by stopping a hole.
He attempted to the leaks with some caulk.
  1. (transitive) To mention a particular product or service.
The main guest on the show just kept plugging his latest movie: it got so tiresome.
  1. (intransitive) (informal) To persist or continue with something.
Keep plugging at the problem until you find a solution.
  1. (transitive) To shoot a bullet into something with a gun.
    • 1884, s:Author:H. Rider Haggard, H. Rider Haggard, s:The Witch's Head/Book II/Chapter II, The Witch's Head
    • :I am awfully glad that you kept your nerve and plugged him; it would have been better if you could have nailed him through the right shoulder, which would not have killed him...
Etymology: From Middle Low German and Middle Dutch plugge (Dutch Dutch, plug), of unknown ultimate origin. Cognate with German Pflock.


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