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

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All in all, his decision to plunk down $4500 to attend the Fyre Festival already seemed like a mistake of epic proportions. Mara Reinstein, Billboard, "Schaden-Fest: Why Did We Start Rooting For Music Festivals to Crash and Burn?," 4 June 2019 Stop in at participating locations from 2 to 5 p.m. and plunk down any one piece of foreign currency in exchange for a new global menu item, according to a news release. Doreen Christensen,, "McDonald’s will accept foreign currency for a new Worldwide Favorites Menu item on Thursday," 4 June 2019 The strongman plunked down a deposit for Russia’s advanced S-400 air-defense system in December 2017—months after Congress passed a law that triggers painful U.S. sanctions on governments that purchase Russian armaments. Eric Edelman And, WSJ, "Trump Can’t Afford to Go Soft on Turkey," 15 May 2019 Of the hundreds of thousands who signed up (and plunked down real money) to get on the Model 3 waiting list in 2016 were enticed by the promise of the $35,000 Tesla. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I'll Be Damned, the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Is Actually Here," 28 Feb. 2019 Consider plunking down another $100 for an Apple Pencil. David Pierce, WSJ, "Smartphones Killed Handwriting. Let’s Bring It Back.," 15 July 2018 Star Wars and Marvel shows are most likely to inspire fans to plunk down the cash to sign up, particularly as companies like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix already dominate the space. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Disney announces a second live-action Star Wars show," 8 Nov. 2018 Imagine walking into the new football stadium in Inglewood, and, before finding your seat, plunking down $20 on how many carries Todd Gurley will get in that day's Rams game. Sam Farmer,, "It's a safe bet that Supreme Court decision will be a game-changer for pro sports leagues," 15 May 2018 Consumer spending: How much consumers are plunking down on goodies will be announced Friday by the Commerce Department. David Lazarus,, "California Inc.: 'Sicario' sequel unlikely to vanquish dinosaurs, superheroes," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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