plunk down

verb

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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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, latimes.com, "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, latimes.com, "California Inc.: 'Sicario' sequel unlikely to vanquish dinosaurs, superheroes," 25 June 2018 But anyone hoping to plunk down $60 for an eighth of an ounce of weed might have to leave the plastic at home and bring some twenties instead. Dan Adams, BostonGlobe.com, "Cash-only possible for first pot sales in Mass.," 16 June 2018 While Prier is joining, Williams and Schartz have yet to plunk down the $40 annual fee and become NRA members—and none of them are entirely opposed to gun control. Ben Wofford, Glamour, "The NRA's Most Wanted Customer: Women," 28 June 2018 And in February, a Canadian buyer plunked down $17.5 million for a 20,000-square-foot mansion in the same neighborhood. Catherine Reagor, azcentral, "Just in time for summer: Price cut on Paradise Valley mansion with its own lazy river," 13 June 2018 Brad Pitt and Katy Perry are among those who have reportedly plunked down $250,000 for a ride on one of Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceships, undaunted by a 2014 test flight that crashed and killed one pilot. Sheila Marikar, New York Times, "The Rich Are Planning to Leave This Wretched Planet," 9 June 2018 Don’t have $425 to plunk down on a cutting-edge processor tinged with nostalgia? Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "Intel's limited edition 5GHz Core i7-8086K goes on sale to celebrate the 8086's 40th anniversary," 8 June 2018 Given a 2014 crash, those who plunked down the reservations may now not be a big hurry. Chris Woodyard, USA TODAY, "Buy this $85M N.Y. condo and get a free trip to outer space," 17 May 2018

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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