plunk 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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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 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,, "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

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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