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pull the plug

Definition of pull the plug

  1. 1 :  to remove the electric plug that is at the end of the cord attached to something (such as a lamp or television) from the outlet <The only way to turn the machine off is to pull the plug.>

  2. 2 informal :  to turn off the machine that is keeping a very sick or injured person alive and allow that person to die <Only his wife can decide to pull the plug.>

  3. 3 :  to allow or cause something to end by stopping the money or support that is needed for it —usually + on <At the end of the season, the network is pulling the plug on the show.>



Word by Word Definitions

pullplay
  1. :  to exert force upon so as to cause or tend to cause motion toward the force

    :  to stretch (cooling candy) repeatedly

    :  to strain abnormally

  1. :  the act or an instance of pulling

    :  a draft of liquid

    :  an inhalation of smoke

plugplay
  1. :  a piece used to fill a hole :  stopper

    :  an obtruding or obstructing mass of material resembling a stopper

    :  a flat compressed cake of tobacco

  1. :  to stop, make tight, or secure by inserting a plug

    :  to remedy (a deficiency) as if by inserting a plug

    :  to hit with a bullet :  shoot


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