plunk down

verb

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

intransitive verb

: to drop abruptly : settle into position

transitive verb

1
a
: 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 Advertisers typically plunk down millions of dollars for a 30- or 60-second ad in the Super Bowl telecast on the broadcast network showing the annual NFL extravaganza. Brian Steinberg, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024 And some are urban dwellers who plunk down the entire $4,500 at purchase. Madeline O’Leary, Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 In its first expansion since launching celeb-spotting rides in 2011, the company seeks out some of the city’s most iconic buildings and backdrops while offering to help those who plunk down $59 improve their selfie game. Adam Tschorn, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Fat Mike downed it, pulled a roll of cash from his pocket and plunked down a $100 bill. Brett Martin, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Netflix, which was already in business with Bateman via his Aggregate Films, ultimately proved triumphant, plunking down what multiple sources say was a staggering $2 million outright for the article. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 25 Oct. 2023 The songs don’t feel plunked down the way so many jukebox musicals do. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Facebook Show more sharing options Thousands of Germans plunked down Euros to watch the Kansas City Chiefs and Miami Dolphins Sunday in Frankfurt. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Nov. 2023 Instead of plunking down huge sums of money for broadcast rights to games—something that co-CEO Ted Sarandos has said Netflix hasn’t found a way to do profitably—Netflix is using its strength in storytelling to create a deep catalog of docu-series about various sports and athletes. Rachyl Jones, Fortune, 31 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of plunk down was in 1891

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“Plunk down.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plunk%20down. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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