fire·​plug ˈfī(-ə)r-ˌpləg How to pronounce fireplug (audio)

Examples of fireplug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gudea looks a bit like a fireplug. Los Angeles Times, 5 Aug. 2021 When the bacteria attacked, his body turned as red as a fireplug as his temperature climbed to 104 degrees Fahrenheit. Andrew Lawler, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2010 Not bad for a 5-9, 165-pound fireplug from southeastern Massachusetts., 31 Oct. 2021 The son of an immigrant junk dealer, Mr. Asner had a fireplug build, jowly countenance and workingman’s semblance that are not traditionally considered the raw materials of stardom. Washington Post, 29 Aug. 2021 Butler was a fireplug of man, with glasses and a thick neck, wearing a sharply creased dress white uniform that seemed to almost gleam under the courtroom’s fluorescent lights. T. Christian Miller, ProPublica, 20 Dec. 2019 But even after the city began distributing sprinkler caps in the 1950s to reduce the amount of wasted water, fireplugs continued to be opened illegally, becoming a source of tension and sometimes violence. Jeff Giles, New York Times, 19 Aug. 2019 A fireplug of a man, Sandnes chased down the ball and threw a perfect spiral back to Bray from about 35 yards, prompting a round of hoots and cheers from impressed players. Eric Olson, The Seattle Times, 19 Aug. 2017 The few that stand out — Mr. Hall’s fireplug, Topher Grace’s glib fixer — make the labored introductions superfluous. A. O. Scott, New York Times, 25 May 2017 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of fireplug was in 1713

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“Fireplug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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