plughole


plughole
plug|hole [ˈplʌghəul US -houl] n BrE
1.) the hole in a bath or ↑sink that the water flows out of, and which you can put a plug into
American Equivalent: drain
2.) go down the plughole informal
a) if work or effort goes down the plughole, it is completely wasted
Two years of hard work went right down the plughole.
b) if a business goes down the plughole, it fails and has to close

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • plughole — ► NOUN Brit. ▪ a hole at the lowest point of a bath or sink, through which the water drains away …   English terms dictionary

  • plughole — [[t]plʌ̱ghoʊl[/t]] plugholes 1) N COUNT A plughole is a small hole in a bath or sink which allows the water to flow away and into which you can put a plug. [BRIT] (in AM, use drain) 2) PHRASE: V inflects If you say that something has gone down… …   English dictionary

  • plughole — noun (C) BrE 1 a hole in a bath or sink where water can flow out, which you can put a plug 1 (2) into; drain 2 (1) AmE 2 go down the plughole a) if work or effort goes down the plughole it is completely wasted: Two years of hard work went right… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • plughole — UK [ˈplʌɡˌhəʊl] / US [ˈplʌɡˌhoʊl] noun [countable] Word forms plughole : singular plughole plural plugholes British a hole at the bottom of a sink or bath where water flows out and where you put a plug • go down the plughole …   English dictionary

  • plughole — noun Brit. a hole at the lowest point of a bath or sink, down which waste water drains away. Phrases go down the plughole informal be unsuccessful, lost, or wasted …   English new terms dictionary

  • plughole — /ˈplvghoʊl/ (say plvghohl) noun 1. a hole, especially in a bath, basin, etc., through which water drains when the plug is removed. –phrase 2. down the plughole, Colloquial wasted (as effort, money, etc.); ruined …   Australian English dictionary

  • plughole — noun The hole at the bottom of a sink or tub, which can be blocked using a plug …   Wiktionary

  • plughole — plug|hole [ plʌg,houl ] noun count BRITISH a DRAIN in a SINK or BATHTUB …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • plughole — n. opening that is blocked, opening that is stopped with a cap or plug …   English contemporary dictionary

  • plughole — [ˈplʌgˌhəʊl] noun [C] British a hole at the bottom of a SINK or bath where water flows out and where you put a plug …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English


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