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[plou] /plaʊ/
noun, verb (used with object), verb (used without object), Chiefly British
Related forms
unploughed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for plough
  • In a corner of the dilapidated research station where he had tried to sleep, he found a rusting plough.
  • Also to bury your charcoal you have to plough it in.
  • Investing in a snow plough for the coming winter is probably unwise, therefore.
  • Professional lobbyists willing to plough through the process therefore often have a big advantage.
  • The metallic voice keeps telling me to plough into brick walls.
  • Harvests increased because farmers took more land under the plough.
  • Then the plough came along and suddenly you had a few hours left at the end of the day, so you spent it building your house.
  • The animal he bestrode was a broken-down plough-horse, that had outlived almost every thing but his viciousness.
  • To plough, he ranked only in the fourth place of profit and advantage.
  • Thus equipped, bikes are ideal for freeway riding, but are not cut out to ford wild streams or plough through squelching bogs.
British Dictionary definitions for plough


an agricultural implement with sharp blades, attached to a horse, tractor, etc, for cutting or turning over the earth
any of various similar implements, such as a device for clearing snow
a plane with a narrow blade for cutting grooves in wood
(in agriculture) ploughed land
put one's hand to the plough, to begin or undertake a task
to till (the soil) with a plough
to make (furrows or grooves) in (something) with or as if with a plough
when intr, usually foll by through. to move (through something) in the manner of a plough: the ship ploughed the water
(intransitive) foll by through. to work at slowly or perseveringly
(intransitive; foll by into or through) (of a vehicle) to run uncontrollably into something in its path: the plane ploughed into the cottage roof
(transitive; foll by in, up, under, etc) to turn over (a growing crop, manure, etc) into the earth with a plough
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to fail an examination
Derived Forms
plougher, especially (US) plower, noun
Word Origin
Old English plōg plough land; related to Old Norse plogr, Old High German pfluoc


the Plough, the group of the seven brightest stars in the constellation Ursa Major Also known as Charles's Wain Usual US name the Big Dipper
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Word Origin and History for plough

alternative spelling of plow. Related: Ploughed; ploughing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for plough



To do the sex act with or to a woman; screw (1606+ and probably before)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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plough in the Bible

first referred to in Gen. 45:6, where the Authorized Version has "earing," but the Revised Version "ploughing;" next in Ex. 34:21 and Deut. 21:4. The plough was originally drawn by oxen, but sometimes also by asses and by men. (See AGRICULTURE.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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