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 His campaign has plunked down $21.2 million on television advertising in Texas, where none of the leading Democrats have spent a penny. Tarini Parti And Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "The Bloomberg Effect: Huge Spending Transforms 2020 Campaign Dynamics," 16 Jan. 2020 In 2016, Kimura also plunked down $118,000 for an approximately 440-pound tuna. Gabrielle Chung,, "Japanese Sushi Mogul Spends Almost $2 Million on a Single Bluefin Tuna: 'This Is the Best'," 6 Jan. 2020 Next came Treasure Island, a vision to plunk down a new neighborhood smack in the middle of the bay with 8,000 homes, along with hotels, shops, waterfront parks and rapid ferries whisking residents to the Embarcadero. J.k. Dineen,, "Bay Area megaprojects fail to deliver on big housing promises," 16 Jan. 2020 Among the jilted was Connie West, owner of the Little A’Le’Inn in tiny Rachel, Nevada, who plunked down a $17,500 down payment for security to host Alienstock and was considering threatening legal action against Roberts. Andrew Daniels, Popular Mechanics, "Area 51 Raid: Everything That’s Happening in the Desert Today," 20 Sep. 2019 Anyone preparing to plunk down $100,000 or more deserves to know if teachers are affected by these conditions. Philip Eil,, "Consumers called out Nike and Uber for their labor conditions. Now, it’s time to shame colleges," 17 July 2019 New Jersey’s sports betting industry set another monthly record in October for the amount bet as gamblers plunked down close to a half-billion dollars on games. Wayne Parry,, "Another record month for sports betting in New Jersey: $487M in bets," 14 Nov. 2019 Instead of plunking down your money at your favorite stores and leaving without a reward in sight, use a credit card like Synchrony HOME™ Credit Card to add serious value to your home shopping quests. Shelby Deering, House Beautiful, "How to Transform Your Home Into a Dreamy Oasis This Weekend," 21 Nov. 2019 After a few minutes, a waiter plunked down tea in tea bags, and a tiered tray of what looked like miniature pastries from C-Town: scones, red-velvet cupcakes. The New Yorker, "Can “The Crown” Make Us Crush on Prince Charles?," 5 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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5 Feb 2020

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“Plunk down.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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