plow under


plowed under; plowing under; plows under

transitive verb

: to cause to disappear : bury, overwhelm

Examples of plow under in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Most immediately, there were the troubling optics of paying farmers to plow under their crops at a time when so many were going hungry. Meg Jacobs, Foreign Affairs, 8 Dec. 2020 The first crash occurred in 2016, when a Tesla plowed under a semi-truck on a U.S. route in Florida. Jeremy B. Merrill, Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2023 In one case, expected to go before a jury in the coming months, a 50-year-old man driving on Autopilot was killed when his Tesla plowed under a semi truck. Trisha Thadani, Washington Post, 28 Sep. 2023 Consider all the Florida citrus groves plowed under to make room for housing developments and, more recently, the arrival of a greening disease, Huanglongbin, with 80 percent of the Florida citrus industry's trees afflicted and no cure yet found. Jamie Kitman, Car and Driver, 1 Apr. 2023 With the onset of the coronavirus, many farmers were forced to plow under crops or dump their milk, even as grocery store shelves emptied out and many American families went hungry. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2021 This spring, horrified Americans watched farmers dump milk and plow under vegetables, but the story of food waste and the novel coronavirus didn’t end there. Rachael Jackson, Washington Post, 31 Aug. 2020 By combining Roundup and Roundup Ready crops, farmers did not have to plow under the weeds to control them. Andrew Moseman, Discover Magazine, 5 May 2010

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Word History

First Known Use

1900, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of plow under was in 1900

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“Plow under.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jun. 2024.

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