spig·​ot | \ ˈspi-gət How to pronounce spigot (audio) , -kət \

Definition of spigot

b : the plug of a faucet or cock
c : faucet
2 : something resembling a spigot especially in regulating availability or flow (as of money)

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Examples of spigot in a Sentence

the spigot on a beer keg Hook the hose up to the spigot behind the house.
Recent Examples on the Web For Japan, which conducts vast trade with China and has investments in Myanmar, there is a clear fear of backlash, and an understanding that Beijing can turn off the spigot at any time. New York Times, "Will Japan Confront China? A Visit to Washington May Offer a Clue.," 14 Apr. 2021 Nonetheless, Democrats, unlike Republicans, have pushed for reforms that would shut off the dark-money spigot. Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, "Inside the Koch-Backed Effort to Block the Largest Election-Reform Bill in Half a Century," 29 Mar. 2021 Cowboys owner Jerry Jones finally turned on the cash spigot for Prescott, effectively resetting the NFL's quarterback pay scale since Mahomes' half-billion arrangement is an outlier. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Winners and losers from Dak Prescott's new contract with Dallas Cowboys," 9 Mar. 2021 Just north of Dallas’ Love Field, a line wrapped around an apartment complex as people waited to fill jugs from one small spigot. Sarah Bahari, Dallas News, "North Texas’ Hindu community donates thousands of meals to winter storm victims," 2 Mar. 2021 The financial spigot that shut off without warning as the relationship with the Canadian national team and sponsors frayed taxed and strained all the more. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Kaillie Humphries navigates controversy to become world’s best female bobsledder," 22 Feb. 2021 His team also argues that the federal government must keep open the spigot of government relief to help people who are suffering economically and to get the country back to pre-pandemic employment levels. Alexandra Jaffe, BostonGlobe.com, "Biden reframes his goal on reopening of elementary schools," 17 Feb. 2021 Saudi Arabia’s intervention against the Houthis has come at a horrifying cost in civilian bloodshed, stoking bipartisan U.S. outrage and spurring Biden to cut off the spigot of U.S. aid for Saudi offensive operations. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, "'A Catch-22': Iran's win in Yemen a problem for Biden – with no clear solutions," 18 Feb. 2021 Or the Investment firm Robinhood, that, amidst GameStop’s stratospheric climb, blocked buying the stock, turning off the spigot of institutional losses. Washington Examiner Staff, Washington Examiner, "Main Street vs. Wall Street: Small investors pushing back," 1 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of spigot

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for spigot

Middle English

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25 Apr 2021

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“Spigot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spigot. Accessed 5 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of spigot

: a device that controls the flow of liquid from a large container


spig·​ot | \ ˈspi-gət How to pronounce spigot (audio) , -kət \

Kids Definition of spigot

1 : a plug used to stop the vent in a barrel
2 : faucet

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