Definition of plunger in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈplʌn(d)ʒə


  • 1A part of a device or mechanism that works with a plunging or thrusting movement.
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    • Invert the syringe (point tip upwards) and slowly press the plunger to a level that pushed out any large air bubbles that may be present.
    • I could instantly see how the tea was progressing, and the plunger kept the leaves out of the way until the pot was drained.
    • I may have to invest in a small coffee plunger, so I can froth my own milk.
  • 1.1A device consisting of a rubber cup on a long handle, used to clear blocked pipes by means of suction.
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    • Take a suction cup plunger and pump it up and down directly over the clogged drain.
    • Force as much water as possible out of traps with a plunger.
    • Insert the plunger at an angle so no air is trapped under the cup.
  • 2 informal A person who gambles or spends money recklessly: he is a plunger when it comes to spending money for news
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    • This was a race for the plungers, the speculators, the people who trade commodities and bet the house that the price of nutmeg will skyrocket.
    • Our man braved the winter elements to report on the event and capture some of the plungers on camera.
    • Not often do plungers sprinkle their market fixations with references to Dante and Homer.

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