plunk down

plunked down or plonked down; plunking down or plonking down; plunks down

Definition of plunk down

intransitive verb

: to drop abruptly : settle into position

transitive verb

1a : to put down usually firmly or abruptly plunked the items down on the counter
b : to settle (oneself) into position plunked himself down on the bench
2 : to pay out reluctant to plunk down the money for a new car

Examples of plunk down in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This tower fan is ideal for anyone with pets who wants fresher air indoors and doesn’t want to plunk down $399 for a Dyson. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2021 Of course, most entry-level collectors can’t plunk down hundreds of thousands of dollars for a first edition. New York Times, 7 May 2022 The children who flock to Disney movies and theme parks and wear the costumes and princess dresses don’t plunk down the money to do so. WSJ, 7 Apr. 2022 Now may be the perfect time to plunk down $37.5 million and say yippee-ki-yay to this once-in-a-lifetime property. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 2 Mar. 2022 For buyers who can’t afford to plunk down a 20 percent down payment — the threshold at which buyers avoid costly mortgage insurance — a shared appreciation agreement might be an option. New York Times, 18 Feb. 2022 Fisker is now accepting reservations for the Pear, and interested customers need to plunk down $250 for the first reservation and $100 for a second reservation at a later date. Caleb Miller, Car and Driver, 15 Feb. 2022 Bundle yourself up in blankets and PJs, mix up that hot cocoa, and plunk down on the sofa with a good movie or book. Matt Jancer, Wired, 12 Jan. 2022 The Oregon Humane Society’s upcoming annual fundraiser provides a chance for local businesses and other small groups to plunk down some cash in exchange for a little stress reduction around the holidays. oregonlive, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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15 Jun 2022

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“Plunk down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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