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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PLUGGING

The operator did some plugging and after a bit came back with a report.

And no more than into the open Atlantic than we were plugging into it.

Say, I won't always be plugging down at Nagel's, believe me.

"Let's try it," the repairman said, plugging the cord into a wall socket.

Let us not count our chickens just yet, but keep on plugging.

Yes, it's quite likely I may have been plugging for Mars below the conscious level.

You sit there steady, with my haid in your lap, while some one is plugging away at us.

A Tommy plugging it along the Arras-Doullens road in the pouring rain.

He didnt seem to mind me plugging him a bit, and went calmly on.

All the Den members were plugging for Chips and Red to win a prize with their entry.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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