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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We were plunked down in the swamps of southeastern Arkansas. Melissa Chan, Time, "George Takei on His Own Experiences in an Internment Camp and New Show The Terror: Infamy," 15 Aug. 2019 Tourists and locals flock to the magnificent baroque landmark, plunking down on the steps and taking a breather from their busy day. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Per Favore, Do Not Sit On the Spanish Steps," 8 Aug. 2019 Halfway down the island chain is Islamorada, with its purple-tinted sunsets and luxe, pricey resorts, but thankfully this Key’s beauty isn’t limited to those who’ve plunked down plastic for a posh suite. Nancy Depalma, Condé Nast Traveler, "Best Beaches in the Florida Keys," 19 July 2019 Instead of plunking down hundreds or even thousands of dollars for lessons, Swing AI is charging subscribers a fee of $9.99 to get their swings assessed. Don Markus,, "European Tour could provide big boost for Baltimore-based company’s golf instruction app," 15 July 2019 Alternatively, plunk down at a table in the Circle Centre Mall food court for some prime Star-Lord and Stormtrooper spotting. Sarah Bahr, Indianapolis Star, "Everything you need to know about Gen Con, gamer or not," 31 July 2018 The betting trade took off around the mid-1990s, survived Hurricane Katrina a decade later, and still draws bettors who plunk down well over $1 billion a year. Mike And Wendy Pramik, USA TODAY, "Photo tour: Experience the tastes and sights of the Mississippi Gulf Coast," 7 June 2019 In two transactions on June 7, Jay Paul Co. paid $100 million for 200 Park Ave. and an adjacent site at 282 S. Almaden Blvd., plunking down $50 million on each parcel. George Avalos, The Mercury News, "New downtown San Jose tower to begin construction this fall," 11 June 2019 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

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First Known Use of plunk down

1891, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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