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plunk

[pluhngk] /plʌŋk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to pluck (a stringed instrument or its strings); twang:
to plunk a guitar.
2.
to throw, push, put, drop, etc., heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down):
Plunk down your money. She plunked herself down on the seat.
3.
to push, shove, toss, etc. (sometimes followed by in, over, etc.):
to plunk the ball over the net; to plunk a pencil into a drawer.
verb (used without object)
4.
to give forth a twanging sound.
5.
to drop heavily or suddenly; plump (often followed by down):
to plunk down somewhere and take a nap.
noun
6.
act or sound of plunking.
7.
Informal. a direct, forcible blow.
8.
Slang. a dollar.
adverb
9.
Informal. with a plunking sound.
10.
Informal. squarely; exactly:
The tennis ball landed plunk in the middle of the net.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; expressive word akin to pluck
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British Dictionary definitions for plunk down

plunk

/plʌŋk/
verb
1.
to pluck (the strings) of (a banjo, harp, etc) or (of such an instrument) to give forth a sound when plucked
2.
(often foll by down) to drop or be dropped, esp heavily or suddenly
noun
3.
the act or sound of plunking
4.
(informal) a hard blow
interjection
5.
an exclamation imitative of the sound of something plunking
adverb
6.
(informal) exactly; squarely: plunk into his lap
Word Origin
C20: imitative
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Word Origin and History for plunk down

plunk

v.

1805, "to pluck a stringed instrument;" 1808 in sense of "drop down abruptly;" 1888 as "to hit, wound, shoot." Probably of imitative origin in all cases. Related: Plunked; plunking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for plunk down

plunk down

verb phrase
  1. To put down with a thud or crash; place decisively: an overstuffed chair some admirer had planked down next to the booth
  2. To pay money; put down or put up money; offer or bet money: planked down a cool $8,000,000/ plunked down $65,000

[1839+; fr the hard striking of the plank of a table]


plunk

noun

A dollar: my five thousand plunks (1891+)

verb

To shoot (1888+)

[echoic]


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Idioms and Phrases with plunk down

plunk down

Throw or place or drop heavily, as in He plunked down the money and walked out, or It was hot work, so after an hour we plunked ourselves down in the shade. [ Late 1800s ]
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