plug

plug1 S3 [plʌg] n
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1¦(electricity)¦
2¦(bath)¦
3¦(advertisement)¦
4¦(in an engine)¦
5 pull the plug (on something)
6¦(to fill a hole)¦
7¦(for holding screws)¦
8¦(a piece of something)¦
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[Date: 1600-1700; : Dutch; Origin: Middle Dutch plugge]
1.) ¦(ELECTRICITY)¦
a) a small object at the end of a wire that is used for connecting a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity
The plug on my iron needs changing.
an electric plug
b) informal especially BrE a place on a wall where electrical equipment can be connected to the main electricity supply
= ↑socket
American Equivalent: outlet
2.) ¦(BATH)¦
a round flat piece of rubber used for stopping the water flowing out of a bath or ↑sink
the bath plug
3.) ¦(ADVERTISEMENT)¦ informal
a way of advertising a book, film etc by mentioning it publicly, especially on television or radio
put/get in a plug (for sth)
During the show she managed to put in a plug for her new book.
4.) ¦(IN AN ENGINE)¦ informal
the part of a petrol engine that makes a ↑spark, which makes the petrol start burning
Change the plugs every 10,000 miles.
5.) pull the plug (on sth) informal to prevent a plan, business etc from being able to continue, especially by deciding not to give it any more money
The Swiss entrepreneur has pulled the plug on any further investment in the firm.
6.) ¦(TO FILL A HOLE)¦
an object or substance that is used to fill or block a hole, tube etc
plug of
You can fill any holes with plugs of matching wood.
→↑earplug
7.) ¦(FOR HOLDING SCREWS)¦
BrE a small plastic tube put in a hole to hold a screw tightly
8.) ¦(A PIECE OF SOMETHING)¦
a piece of something pressed tightly together
a plug of tobacco
plug 2
plug2 past tense and past participle plugged present participle plugging
v [T]
1.) also plug up
to fill or block a small hole
We used mud to plug up the holes in the roof.
2.) to advertise a book, film etc by mentioning it on television or radio
Arnie was on the show to plug his new movie.
3.) plug the gap
to provide something that is needed, because there is not enough
With so few trained doctors, paramedics were brought in to plug the gap.
4.) AmE old-fashioned to shoot someone
plug away phr v
to keep working hard at something
plug away at
If you keep plugging away at it, your English will improve.
plug in [plug sth<=>in] phr v
to connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity, or to another piece of electrical equipment
'Is your printer working?' 'Wait a minute - it's not plugged in.'
plug into [plug into sth] phr v
1.) plug (sth) into sth
to connect one piece of electrical equipment to another, or to be connected
Your phone can be plugged into the cigarette lighter socket in your car.
Games consoles plug into the back of the TV.
2.) informal to realize that something is available to be used and use it
A lot of students don't plug into all the research facilities we have.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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