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Topic: HOUSEHOLD

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Dutch
Origin: Middle Dutch plugge

plug

1 noun
     
plug1 S3 [countable]
1

electricity

a) TEED 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.
b) informal especially British EnglishTEED a place on a wall where electrical equipment can be connected to the main electricity supply [= socket; = outlet AmE]
2

bath

DH a round flat piece of rubber used for stopping the water flowing out of a bath or sink:
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 something)
During the show she managed to put in a plug for her new book.
4

in an engine

informalTTC the part of a petrol engine that makes a spark, which makes the petrol start burning [= spark plug]:
Change the plugs every 10,000 miles.
5

pull the plug (on something)

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

DHTB British English 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
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