plunger

noun
plung·​er | \ ˈplən-jər How to pronounce plunger (audio) \

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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After three or four pressure pumps, quickly yank the plunger off the sink drain. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Drain," 26 Jan. 2019 And if your shower drain isn't the problem but your sink (bathroom or kitchen) drain is always backing up, there's always the SinkShroom—not to mention, a ToiletShroom plunger. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Little Gadget Will Save Your Shower Drain From Clogs, And It's Only $13," 22 Jan. 2019 The old standby red cup plunger can work great to unclog sinks and bathtubs. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "You've Been Using the Wrong Plunger to Unclog Your Toilet," 15 Dec. 2015 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

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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 How to pronounce plunger (audio) \

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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