1 noun (C)
a) a thing used for connecting a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity: a two-pin plug
b) BrE informal a piece of plastic, usually on a wall, where electrical equipment is connected to the main electricity supply; socket (1): Make sure you turn the television off at the plug.
c) an object used for connecting a wire from one piece of electrical equipment such as a computer to another
2 BATH a round flat piece of rubber or plastic used for stopping the water flowing out of a bath or sink 2
3 ADVERTISEMENT informal an attempt to persuade people to buy a book, see a film etc, by talking about it publicly, especially on television or radio: give sth a plug: She appeared on all the talk shows to give her new book a plug.
4 IN AN ENGINE informal the part of a petrol engine that makes a spark and explodes the petrol mixture; spark plug: Change the plugs every 10,000 miles.
5 pull the plug (on sth) to prevent a plan or business from being able to continue, especially by deciding not to give it any more money: We were doing fine until the bank pulled the plug on us.
6 PIECE a piece of something pressed tightly together: a cotton wool plug | a plug of tobacco
7 FOR HOLDING SCREWS (C) a small plastic tube put in a hole to hold a screw tightly
2 verb (T)
1 also plug up to fill or block a small hole: I used cement to plug the holes in the plaster.
2 to try to persuade people to buy a book, see a film etc by talking about it on television or radio: Arnold was only on the show to plug his new movie.
3 plug the gap/gaps to provide more of something that is needed: With so few trained doctors, paramedics were brought in to plug the gap.
4 AmE old-fashioned to shoot someone
plug away phrasal verb (I) to keep working hard at something (+ at): I'm sure if you keep plugging away at it, your English will improve. plug sth in phrasal verb (T) to connect a piece of electrical equipment to the main supply of electricity, or to another piece of electrical equipment: I don't think the antenna's plugged in right. plug into sth phrasal verb (T)
1 to connect one piece of electrical equipment to another: plug sth into sth: The TV was plugged into the stereo system.
2 to connect your computer to a big computer system

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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