Definition of plughole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈplʌɡhəʊl/

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A hole at the lowest point of a bath, basin, or sink, down which waste water drains away and which can be stopped with a plug.
Example sentences
  • I scrubbed the bath out with bleach; I poured it down the plugholes of the bath and sinks, then took the bag out to the car as well.
  • To explore this to its logical conclusion, every time you pull your bath plug you see spontaneous order emerge in the way water spirals down the plughole, instead of simply plunging in an every-molecule-for-itself fashion.
  • Any bath water we don't use over 24 hours is let down the plughole and the bath is washed before we collect that day's ‘fresh’ grey water.


go down the plughole

informal Be unsuccessful, lost, or wasted: the company went down the plughole
More example sentences
  • If the company became insolvent and pension contributions went down the plughole, workers would not receive any state aid, trustees argued.
  • However, it's a crucial step because, without it, all your plans can go down the plughole.
  • The pressure was building because so much had been achieved and now it was threatening to go down the plughole.

Words that rhyme with plughole


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