plunger

noun
plung·er | \ˈplən-jər \

Definition of plunger 

: one that plunges: such as

a : diver

b : a reckless gambler or speculator

c(1) : a sliding reciprocating piece driven by or against fluid pressure especially : piston

(2) : a piece with a motion like that of a ram or piston

d : a rubber suction cup on a handle used to free plumbing traps and waste outlets of obstructions

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And this might be the most important—buy a toilet plunger. Katie Reilly, Time, "'Be Your Own Cheerleader.' Mindy Kaling Gives Dartmouth Graduates Advice on Delusion, Dating and Success," 11 June 2018 In such an age, Mr. Trump—one of history’s plungers—shoots the rapids. Lance Morrow, WSJ, "Did an Ancient Greek Anticipate Trump?," 22 June 2018 In her speech filled with self-deprecating humor, Kaling also offered practical advice to the approximately 2,000 graduates, like making sure to buy a toilet plunger. Fox News, "Mindy Kaling roasts Trump at Dartmouth graduation," 10 June 2018 In her speech filled with self-deprecating humor, Kaling also offered practical advice to the approximately 2,000 graduates, like making sure to buy a toilet plunger. Stephanie Morales, USA TODAY, "Mindy Kaling to Dartmouth grads: Trump is a testament to 'insane confidence'," 10 June 2018 In her speech filled with self-deprecating humor, Kaling also offered practical advice to the approximately 2,000 graduates, like making sure to buy a toilet plunger. Stephanie Morales, The Seattle Times, "Mindy Kaling jokes about Trump, toilet plungers at Dartmouth," 10 June 2018 In her speech filled with self-deprecating humor, Kaling also offered practical advice to the approximately 2,000 graduates, like making sure to buy a toilet plunger. Stephanie Morales, BostonGlobe.com, "Mindy Kaling jokes about Trump, toilet plungers at Dartmouth," 10 June 2018 The concoction stewed for about 5 minutes before Quinn pushed the plunger and poured the beer into a snifter. Josh Noel, chicagotribune.com, "You can make your own pastry stout at Beer Temple. But should you? We test it out," 11 May 2018 No mere polar plunger, Cox took to swimming ever increasing distances shortly after ice-out. Marc Peruzzi, Outside Online, "I Was the First! (And Probably the Only)," 24 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of plunger

1611, in the meaning defined above

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plunger

noun

English Language Learners Definition of plunger

: a tool made of a stick with a rubber cup on the end that is used to clear a blocked pipe in a toilet or sink

: a part that moves up and down usually inside a tube or cylinder (such as a syringe) to push something out

plunger

noun
plung·er | \ˈplən-jər \

Kids Definition of plunger

: a part that moves up and down usually inside a tube or cylinder to push something out

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