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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Navy installed touch-screen steering systems to save money.," 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, "Fire Hydrants Have Been New York’s Cool Solution for 100 Years," 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, "Nebraska student managers keep Big Red operation running," 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, "Review: ‘War Machine’: Brad Pitt Has Met the Enemy. He Just Doesn’t Know It Yet.," 25 May 2017

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1713, in the meaning defined above

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“Fireplug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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