Definition of Pull the plug

1. Verb. Prevent from happening or continuing. "The government pulled the plug on spending"

Generic synonyms: Cease, Discontinue, Give Up, Lay Off, Quit, Stop

Definition of Pull the plug

1. Verb. (intransitive) to unplug or cut power ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) to cease to support; to halt ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) to cease life support ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) (idiomatic) to cease from production or publication. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Pull The Plug

pull round
pull somebody's leg
pull someone's bacon out of the fire
pull someone's chestnuts out of the fire
pull someone's fat out of the fire
pull someone's leg
pull someone down a peg
pull station
pull strings
pull teeth
pull the fat out of the fire
pull the fire alarm
pull the leg of
pull the other leg
pull the other one, it's got bells on
pull the plug (current term)
pull the reins in on someone
pull the reins in on something
pull the rug out from under someone
pull the string
pull the trigger
pull the wool over somebody's eyes
pull the wool over someone's eyes
pull through
pull together
pull up
pull up a pew
pull up short
pull up stakes
pull up stumps

Literary usage of Pull the plug

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Gentleman's Magazine (1821)
"sary than to pull the plug out, and the boat, rising from its less specific gravity, will let all the water through at the plug-hole; an injury, ..."

2. Diary and Correspondence of Samuel Pepys by Samuel Pepys, Richard Griffin Braybrooke, John Smith (1867)
"The boys did swear against one of them, that he had made it his part to pull the plug out of the engine while it was a-playing ; ana it really was so. ..."

3. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1907)
"After the first ten trials, she discovered that she could stand in front of the box and reach up and pull the plug out with her teeth. ..."

4. The University of Hard Knocks: The School that Completes Our Education by Ralph Albert Parlette (1917)
"I Can Only Pull the Plug! Every audience has a different temperature, ... Some warm September day I would pull the plug from the barrel and the sorghum ..."

5. The Retrospect of Practical Medicine and Surgery: Being a Half-yearly edited by William Braithwaite, James Braithwaite, Edmond Fauriel Trevelyan (1862)
"... whilst with the right hand wo draw forward the string that appears through the nostril, and pull the plug firmly into the required position; ..."

6. Gas and Fuel Analysis for Engineers: A Compend for Those Interested in the by Augustus Herman Gill (1917)
"When the pipe touches the bottom, the sampler should draw up the slack of the wire and pull the plug into place; then he should strike the plug smartly ..."

7. The Common Sense of Bicycling: Bicycling for Ladies by Maria E. Ward (1896)
"Pull the string to pull the plug into place, see that there is plenty of cement around and about it, inflate the tire, ..."

8. Quiet Talks on Power by Samuel Dickey Gordon (1903)
"It said in effect: "Ef you'll jes pull the plug out of the pipe about eight inches from the top you'll get all the water you want. ..."

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