plunk down

verb
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 The agency’s refusal to greenlight a Bitcoin ETF, says Selkis, has created a system that enriches the wealthy—those who can plunk down $50,000 to take part in Grayscale’s private offerings—while stiffing ordinary investors. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "$20,000 Bitcoin caps Grayscale’s incredible year," 16 Dec. 2020 Fans who plunk down $750 receive four seats to the section (that breaks down to less than $50 per game). cleveland, "For bars and restaurants, Browns fans turnout remains uncertain in coronavirus times," 10 Sep. 2020 Israelis routinely plunk down $300 to $400 per night for accommodations that wouldn’t merit a second look in most U.S. destinations. Uriel Heilman, sun-sentinel.com, "How to vacation in Israel (or not) during the summer of coronavirus," 19 Aug. 2020 For the past six years, consumers have happily plunked down cash to buy Wink's hardware and then used the app for free. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Wink smart hub users get one week’s notice to pay up or lose access," 7 May 2020 Before plunking down thousands of dollars on a bull – where the Lowes derive most of their revenue – farmers usually want to see it up close to evaluate its gait and other physical features. USA Today, "‘Cows will need bred’: Coronavirus is hitting the meat industry all the way up to animal breeders," 18 May 2020 Citadel founder Ken Griffin plunked down record $238 million for a New York penthouse at 220 Central Park South. Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "Jeff Bezos Sets Record With $165 Million Beverly Hills Home Purchase," 14 Apr. 2020 Last July 27, a horse named Shekky Shebaz showed up in a $25,000 claimer at Saratoga, a cheap race where anyone can plunk down their money before the starting gates open and buy any horse in the field. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Horse racing doping scheme leaves sport no option but to clean up its act - now," 9 Mar. 2020 Citadel founder Ken Griffin plunked down record $238 million for a New York penthouse at 220 Central Park South. Sophie Alexander, Bloomberg.com, "Jeff Bezos Sets Record With $165 Million Beverly Hills Home Purchase," 14 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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“Plunk down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plunk%20down. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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