So I plug up on the subway, or at Starbucks, or when my kids are yelling.
He liked to plug up problems with big solutions; he was “a large operator,” one reporter wrote, who “goes in for broad effects.”
Mr. Sammy Duvall had to get on a hawse an' go to New Liberty an' fetch a doctor to plug up the hole in my head.
plug up the throat and vent of shot birds with cotton, and thrust each bird head downward into a cornucopia of paper.
This covers up the feed-pipe entrance so that the asbestos will not plug up the pipe.
I tried to plug up the puncture with some chewing gum, but it wouldn't work.
We will plug up the hole with something, so he will not come out again!
They'll lay the pipes straight past the house, and they'll plug up the end until there are some more houses built on this road.
Some forms, however, break down tissues and plug up the small blood vessels, thus causing disease.
This is necessary because otherwise some naphthalene would crystallize out and plug up the pipes.
1620s, originally a seamen's term, probably from Dutch plug, Middle Dutch plugge "bung, stopper," related to Norwegian plugg, Danish pløg, North Frisian plaak, Middle Low German pluck, German Pflock; ultimate origin uncertain. Irish and Gaelic words are from English. Sense of "wad or stick of tobacco" is attested from 1728, based on resemblance. Electrical sense is from 1883, based on being inserted; meaning "sparking device in an internal combustion engine" is from 1886. Meaning "advertisement" first recorded 1902, American English, perhaps from verb sense "work energetically at" (c.1865).
"close tightly (a hole), fill," 1620s, from plug (n.) or from Dutch pluggen. Meaning "work energetically at" is c.1865. Sense of "popularize by repetition" is from 1906. Slang sense "put a bullet into" is recorded from 1870. Related: Plugged; plugging.
A dense mass of material filling a hole or closing an orifice. v. plugged, plug·ging, plugs
To fill tightly with a plug.
[perhaps fr Dutch plug, ''a sorry nag,'' related to Swiss-German pflag and to Danish plag, ''foal'']
(also plugged)Worthless; phony: And furthermore the author does not give a plug damn (1888+)
[all senses fr the notion of plug as hole-filler; the second sense may be influenced by the notion of inferiority in plug1]
Positive publicity: I certainly would appreciate him giving me a plug with the owners (1902+)
[fr Oxford University slang, apparently in imitation of heavy ploddingsteps,orperhapsthestepsofanoldandtired horse; sense of selling or advocating fr the fact that such commendation was originally constant and repetitive]