plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (2024)

plug v.1

1. in transitive senses.

(a) to have sexual intercourse.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (1) ‘The Cooper o’ Dundee’ in Farmer Merry Songs and Ballads (1897) II 257: He hoopt them, he coopt them, he bor’d them, he plug’d them.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (2) ‘The Cooper o’ Dundee’ in Burns Merry Muses of Caledonia (1965) 134: The most o’ his trade lay in pleasin’ the fair; / He hoopt them, he coopt them, he bort them, he plugt them.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (3) ‘The Tunco*ck’ in Regular Thing, And No Mistake 67: There was a lad, Sam Plug’em call’d, attend, whilst I relating, / His sad mishaps [...] He wriggled into place, and kept it too by turning.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (4)Peeping Tom (London) 30 120/2: [a toast] ‘May every shot-hole [...] have a sailor at hand to plug it up’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (5)Cythera’s Hymnal 12: The hole near her breech had a permanent itch / To be plugged.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (6)‘Walter’ My Secret Life (1966) II 241: I did [...] not even like the girl, though I liked plugging her.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (7)Farmer Vocabula Amatoria (1966) 245: Sonder. To copulate; ‘to plug’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (8) in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 57: With one swerve he could plug / A boy’s bottom in Zug, / And a kitchen-maid’s c*nt in Coblenz.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (9) in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 71: As he creamed my wife’s c*nt, the coon said, / ‘I could f*ck this until she was dead!’ / As he plugged up her trough, / I jerked myself off; / ‘If that’s how you feel, go ahead!’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (10) in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) II 685: One hand on his rifle. / One hand on his co*ck. [...] With one he plugged the white man, / With the other plugged his squaw.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (11)A. Green in Oliver Screening the Blues (1968) 174: I’m not the plumber [...] But I’ll plug your hole, / Till the plumber comes.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (12)A. Maupin Tales of the City (1984) 160: I spent four f*cking hours at Slater Hawkins last week trying to plug a chick a I wouldn’t have sneezed at in college.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (13)P. Munro Sl. U.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (14)B. Moore Lex. of Cadet Lang. 274: usage: ‘He plugged that blonde who works in the Bin on Friday nights.’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (15)N. Barlay Hooky Gear 229: You are well and truly f*cked and plugged with a used 10-inch strap-on dild* purchased on the Internet off a trannie crackwhor* based in Harlem.

(b) to strike, either with the fist, a weapon or with a missile, usu. a bullet; also attrib (see cite 1842).

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (16)Leicester Jrnl 4 Dec. 4/5: A half pint if I don’t plug that goose yonder.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (17) (NY) 5 Nov. n.p.: the whip wants to know What plug muss Ed, the butcher, and Steve, the pimp, got into [...] at the Bowery.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (18) ‘Bainbridge’s Tid-Re I’ in Jack Tar’s Songster 16: We plug’d her hull.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (19)J.G. Baldwin Flush Times of Alabama and Mississippi 307: We settled it in the old way: I had my rifle, and I plugged him fust.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (20)C.H. Smith Bill Arp 129: I run [...] lookin ahead of me at every step to find an easy place to fall when I was plugged.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (21)Sportsman (London) 13 Apr. 2/1: [US speaker] ‘I’ve plugged an old sucker in the jaw’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (22)‘Aliph Cheem’ Lays of Ind (1905) 103: ‘We’d like to see you plug the beggar neatly through the heart’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (23)Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Oct. 8/4: Churchill says, ‘Actors as actors are a lawful game,’ but Mr. W. J. Holloway doesn’t seem to agree with him, as he ‘plugged’ Mr. of the Adelaide ’Tizer, in the ‘dose’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (24)Nat. Police Gaz. (NY) 28 Jan. 3/4: The boys of St. Elmo are [...] hoping to give Painter a grand send off to the happy hunting grounds, as Rogers, who is a great favorite [...] says he’ll ‘plug’ him sure.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (25)‘Rolf Boldrewood’ Robbery Under Arms (1922) 243: If that old horse they put you on had bobbed forward level with him you’d have got plugged instead.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (26)Bulletin (Sydney) 2 Aug. 10/1: O Blessed Interpreter! / Scene – Suburban Police-court / Witness: ‘Prisoner said he’d plug me if I blew th’ gaff, yer Wusshup.’ / Stipendiary: ‘What does that mean?’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (27)Kipling ‘An Unsavoury Interlude’ in (1987) 79: Hi! There’s a bunny. No, it ain’t. It’s a cat, by Jove! You plug first.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (28)Number 1500 Life In Sing Sing 263: What does the greaser do but flash his rod and bark away. He plugged the main guy for keeps.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (29)Sun. Times (Perth) 25 Sept. 4/7: A battler with a heart of gold and a fist equally ready to assist a mate or plug a nark.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (30)‘O. Henry’ Roads of Destiny 135: I got into a little gun frolic down in Laredo and plugged a white man.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (31)Truth (Wellington) 28 Aug. 3/5: The Timaru lad plugged his enemy repeatedly on the smeller and the kisser.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (32)J. Lait ‘One Touch of Art’ in Beef, Iron and Wine (1917) 207: One squawk and I’ll plug ye.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (33)Wodehouse Leave it to Psmith (1993) 598: I shall immediately proceed to plug Comrade Cootes in the leg.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (34)(con. WWI) A.G. Pretty Gloss. Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: plug. To hit or punch.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (35)(con. 1900s–10s) Dos Passos 42nd Parallel in USA (1966) 95: The stiff that owned the joint got plugged.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (36)G. Greene Gun for Sale (1973) 19: Don’t say a word or I’ll plug you.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (37)D. Runyon ‘Sense of Humor’ in Runyon on Broadway (1954) 272: Joe the Joker is plugging them with pellets made out of tin foil.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (38)Smith’s Wkly (Sydney) 26 Feb. 3/3: [W]hen a tough guy felt the urge to go out and plug someone he didn’t pick on a respectable citizen .
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (39)Mezzrow & Wolfe Really the Blues 96: Frankie probably began to see the faces of all the guys he plugged.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (40)J. Thompson Getaway in Four Novels (1983) 35: Suppose I decided to plug you right now. Do you think I’d kill you or not?
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (41)R.L. Pike Mute Witness (1997) 29: He’s been plugged once too often already.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (42)‘Iceberg Slim’ Pimp 247: What if she made me right away [...] and plugged me in the skull.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (43)Wodehouse Much Obliged, Jeeves 160: Sidcup got a black eye. Somebody plugged him with a potato.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (44)G.V. Higgins Patriot Game (1985) 100: I can’t raise my brother’s family for him, after he gets himself plugged.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (45)Bentley & Corbett Prison Sl. 90: Pluggin’ When two inmates are fist fighting, they are said to be pluggin’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (46)Tarantino & Avery Pulp Fiction [film script] 5: They’re just tryin’ to get you out the door before you start pluggin’ diners.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (47)J. Cameron Brown Bread in Wengen [ebook] Gravy came out his hooter and his lugs. Then more off his back where they plugged him.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (48)C. Cook Robbers (2001) 11: A conspiracy. Organized rednecks plugging foreigners.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (49)C. Hiaasen Skinny Dip 168: The egregious stupidity of plugging a gator.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (50) M. McBride Frank Sinatra in a Blender [ebook] If they’d suspected I had the money they would’ve kicked me door in and plugged me.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (51)(con. 1943) G.S. Manson Irish Fandango [ebook] ‘I might just have to plug ya’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (52)G. Armstrong Young Team 10: ‘That Toi wan ended up gittin stabbed’ [...] ‘Who plugged him then?’.

(c) (US black) to damage oneself.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (53)C. McKay Banjo 236: That’s where I get plugged up for fooling with Christian charity.

(d) (gay) to perform anal intercourse.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (54)G. Legman ‘Lang. of hom*osexuality’ Appendix VII in Henry Sex Variants.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (55)Guild Dict. hom*osexual Terms 36: plug (v.): To pedicate.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (56)B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular 88: anal intercourse [...] plug (‘Boy, did I ever get plugged in Hawaii’).
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (57)H. Max Gay (S)language.

(e) (S.Afr.) to fail.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (58)P. Slabolepszy ‘Boo to the Moon’ in Mooi Street (1994) 107: spider: C’mon. You okes think I plugged. myrtle: No, we don’t.

(f) (drugs) to hide sealed packets of illegal drugs in the rectum.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (59)Observer 17 Feb. 12: He used the time to seal the heroin in plastic and ‘plug’ it – hide it in his rectum.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (60)Guardian Society 13 July 🌐 There’s this new thing where you plug it [i.e. a package of drugs], which means you put it in between your arse cheeks.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (61)Guardian G2 1 Sept. 25/1: A close-up of a man stuffing a drug-filled condom into his anus [...] known as ‘plugging’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (62)G. Krauze What They Was 262: Man are plugging mobile phones up their arse. Plugging hash. Plugging cro. Plugging work. Plugging b. Plugging razor blades and homemade shanks.

(g) (UK Black/gang) to ruin, to destroy.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (63)67 ‘f*ck You Feel Like’ 🎵 Pray the pigs don’t walk in the bando if they do that’s everything plugged.

2. (also plug along, plug at, plug away, plug on) in senses of lit. or fig. movement.

(a) to persist, to struggle hard against whatever odds.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (64) (remembered on the river at Oxford) ‘Plug, you fellows, plug!’ ‘We plugged for all we were worth’ [OED].
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (65)‘Bill Nye’ Bill Nye and Boomerang 67: I plug along and [...] have nothing under the broad blue dome of heaven but $150 per month.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (66)P.L. Dunbar ‘Keep A-Pluggin’ Away’ in Lyrics of Lowly Life 102: I’ve a humble little motto / That is homely, though it’ true, – / Keep a-pluggin’ away.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (67)Ade More Fables in Sl. (1960) 158: You take a Man who is Plugging along on a salary [...] and let him go out at Night and be an Exalted Sir.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (68)Bulletin (Sydney) 13 Aug. 14/4: Yet the £12 for which a struggling neighbor offered to undertake the whole job was considered too much, and the councillor’s sons are now plugging away at it instead.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (69)F.P. Dunne Mr Dooley Says 205: I plugged away at number siventeen, an’ it came up eighty-two times runnin’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (70)Truth (Sydney) 22 June 9/4: Next she did plug for her ooftish, / Which had got back in arreer.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (71)S. Ford Torchy, Private Sec. 26: How long do you think I’ve been plugging at this thing? Nine years.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (72)R.P. Hamilton diary 19 Jan. 🌐 Long letter from W.D.; he still plugs on & still gives remarkably sound advice.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (73)E. Pound letter 9 July in Paige (1971) 179: I suppose I have by now a right to be serious about this matter, having been plugging away at it for twenty years.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (74)S. Lewis Babbitt (1974) 15: I do keep right on plugging along in the office.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (75)‘William Hatfield’ Sheepmates 278: There was nothing for it but to plug on through the night.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (76)‘Banjo’ Paterson Shearer’s Colt 20: You see, all my life I’ve just been plugging along, no more important than one sheep in a mob.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (77)H. Miller Tropic of Capricorn (1964) 66: I plug on, through one victim after another.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (78)J. Mitchell McSorley’s Wonderful Saloon (2001) 238: We’ll have to redouble our efforts [...] We’ll have to keep plugging away.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (79)W.R. Burnett Little Men, Big World 200: ‘Arky’s around some place.’ ‘Okay. Keep plugging.’.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (80)(con. 1940s) T.A.G. Hungerford Sowers of the Wind 171: They’d plug along as the flaming Army always did.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (81)Wodehouse Jeeves and the Feudal Spirit 115: I am in the process of plugging away at a thing called The Mystery of the Pink Crayfish.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (82)P. Larkin ‘Mr. Bleaney’ in Whitsun Weddings 10: He kept on plugging at the four aways.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (83)J. Hersey Algiers Motel Incident 156: I plugged along with the lessons for about three years.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (84)A. Payne ‘Get Daley!’ Minder [TV script] 34: So I keep plugging on, taking the risks.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (85)R.G. Barrett Real Thing 46: just pluggin’ along, gettin’ a quid the best way I can.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (86)J.B. Keane Love Bites and Other Stories 44: Should we prepare at all – only plug away until our time arrives?
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (87)K. Sampson Powder 351: Mel plugged on.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (88)Guardian 11 Jan. 16: He plugged away at the live circuit.

(b) (also plug it) to continue moving, to be associated with.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (89)C.J. Dennis ‘’Ave a ’Eart!’ in Rose of Spadgers 77: We pays no ’eed to them, but plug along.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (90)M. Fiaschetti You Gotta Be Rough 32: I plugged it around with one veteran of the Italian Squad and then another.

In derivatives

plugging (n.)

persistence; effort.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (91)C.L. Cullen Tales of the Ex-Tanks 194: I got through the next couple o’ months [...] but it was hard plugging.
plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (92)D. Hammett ‘Zigzags of Treachery’ in Nightmare Town (2001) 109: Such results as I get are usually the fruits of patience, industry, and unimaginative plugging.

In phrases

plug in the neon (v.) [the drug ‘brightens up’ one’s senses]

(US gay) to inhale amyl nitrite at the moment of org*sm.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (93)B. Rodgers Queens’ Vernacular.
plug it (v.)

(Ulster / Scot.) to play truant.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (94)D. O’Donnell Locked Ward (2013) 230: Playing hookey. Plugging it, as they said when I was at school.
plug the mug (v.) [mug n.1 (1d)]

(US black) to be quiet, to stop talking.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (95)M.H. Boulware Jive and Sl.
plug up (v.)

to hide something.

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plug, v.¹ — Green’s Dictionary of Slang (96)J.J. Connolly Layer Cake 198: One afternoon he got so outa it he plugged up the gear and couldn’t find it again.
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