plank down


transitive verb

: to set down forcibly or with emphasis
was herded into a corner and planked down among five other sufferersThomas Wood †1950
delighted to slam us all in jail and plank down martial lawLaura Krey
: to pay or put down (money) on the spot
pulled out a silver dollar and planked it down for a year's subscriptionA. W. Long
planked down a fistful of moneyIrish Digest

intransitive verb

: to declare oneself forcibly or unmistakably
planked squarely down on the side of the governmentMollie Panter-Downes

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“Plank down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Sep. 2023.

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