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plug
American English: /pləɡ/
British English: /plʌɡ/

Translation of plug in Spanish:

noun

  • 1 (stopper) to put in/pull out the plug
    poner/quitar or sacar el tapón
    Example sentences
    • Along the way you'll encounter bath plugs, rubber ducks and get the obligatory soaking from intermittent showers.
    • Its rather like pouring water into a bath without putting the plug in.
    • Then, when you're done, you pull out the plug and the water runs away.
  • 2 (Electricity) 2.1 (attached to lead) a two-pin/three-pin plug
    un enchufe de dos/tres clavijas
    to pull the plug on something
    cancelar algo
    they pulled the plug on the project
    cancelaron el proyecto
    Example sentences
    • Inventor Adrian Oldham has designed a gadget aimed at preventing children playing with plugs and electric sockets.
    • Then I found it was plugged into a plug under the sink.
    • An inverter module with a cigarette lighter plug on it would allow the things to be used in cars, boats, and RVs.
    Example sentences
    • Carrying plugs festooned with treble hooks is a price that is inevitably paid by the penitent plug fisherman.
    • A little before six o'clock, we were casting plugs about a mile above St. Anthony Falls when the Patrick Gannaway, a towboat, came chugging upriver with two barges.
    • The big rod flexed again and again, driving the plug across the water.
    2.2
    also: spark plug
  • 3 (publicity) [colloquial]to give something a plug
    hacerle propaganda a algo
    darle publicidad a algo
    hacerle la cuña a algo (Venezuela)
    Example sentences
    • Add to that editorial advertising, plugs for products in articles in publications of all kinds, and you know you (the consumer) are being assailed from all sides.
    • Product plugs and placements not only reflect societal trends, their entire purpose is to convince consumers that they ‘need’ the good or service portrayed.
    • I never wanted my blog to be a place where I make shameful plugs for products.
  • 4 (of tobacco)
    Example sentences
    • They both drink from Tom's liquor flask and Casey chews a plug of tobacco.
    • They treated the mules as pets, fed them treats, cleaned their stables, treated their sores, and even shared plugs of tobacco with them.
    • A woman stays around the store till she get old as Methuselah and still can't cut a little thing like a plug of tobacco!

transitive verb -gg-

  • 1 1.1 (block, fill)
    (hole/gap)
    tapar
    rellenar
    the new law will plug these loopholes
    la nueva ley eliminará estas lagunas
    to plug a gap in the market
    llenar un hueco en el mercado
    Example sentences
    • Thousands of local authority workers could face cuts to their pension benefits as all 15 councils in Yorkshire and the Humber try to find a way to plug the gaping black hole in their schemes.
    • Governor Gray Davis took steps last week to plug some of the holes in that budget, but the measures have been painful.
    • Once people understand what is going on in their economy they will be more interested in plugging some of the holes in the leaky economic bucket.
    Example sentences
    • Special Constables are voluntary police officers who give up their time to plug the hole in police resources.
    • Now that they have managed to plug the gap, the Dons are letting him leave Pittodrie.
    • Instead of bailing water out of the leaky vessel, Alistair Darling and Gordon Brown are trying to plug the leak.
    1.2 (use as stopper)to plug something into somethingstraw had been plugged into the gaps
    los huecos se habían tapado or rellenado con paja
  • 2 (promote)
    (record/book)
    hacerle propaganda a
    darle publicidad a
    hacerle la cuña a (Venezuela)
    Example sentences
    • Wind her up and she plugs your product on promotion tours and TV - all in an ‘honest, objective’ endorsement.
    • Who needs television when the products and programmes are plugged endlessly on our stages?
    • The firm will send promotional mailings next month plugging Boston and Cambridge to its top 15,000 British travel customers.
  • 3 [slang] [dated] 3.1 (shoot)
    balear or (Mexico) balacear
    llenar de plomo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Relieved to have a clear target who would actually notice being shot, Magnum plugged him in the upper arm, spinning him over the coffee table.
    • You defer to the man you fear because he'll plug you if you don't.
    • If anyone plugs him, it'd ‘be appreciated and rewarded’.
    3.2 (hit)
    pegarle or [colloquial] darle a

Phrasal verbs

plug away

[colloquial] verb + adverbto plug away (at something/somebody)I keep plugging away at my French
sigo dándole duro al francés [colloquial]
you'll have to plug away at him
tendrás que seguir insistiéndole or [colloquial] dándole la lata

plug in

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
(radio/headphones/guitar)
enchufar
2verb + adverb
(headphones/radio)
enchufarse

plug into

1.1verb + object + preposition + objectto plug an appliance into a socket
enchufar un aparato
1.2verb + preposition + objectthe microphone plugs into the amplifier
el micrófono se enchufa al amplificador

plug up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

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