plug-ugly

plugugly

[pluhg-uhg-lee]
noun, plural pluguglies. Informal.
a ruffian; rowdy; tough.

Origin:
1855–60, Americanism; plug + ugly

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plug-ugly
 
adj
1.  informal extremely ugly
 
n , -lies
2.  slang (US) a city tough; ruffian
 
[C19: origin obscure; originally applied to ruffians in New York who attempted to exert political pressure]

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