1. (Aus./N.Z.) a sturdy horse, standing about 15 hands high, that is sufficient for the work required.
|Two Years in Jungle 284: The horses were large and rather raw-boned Australian ‘plugs’, well qualified for the work they had to do, and, as we had a fresh pair for every six miles .|
2. (US) an incompetent or undistinguished person; also attrib.
|Ladies’ Repository (N.Y.) Oct. VIII:37 316/2: Plug, [...] a nickname for a homely man.|
|in Hardtack and Coffee 72: Next came General Meade, a slow old plug, / Hurrah! Hurrah! / For he let them get away at Gettysburg.|
|Bill Nye and Boomerang 50: Let us ignore the death of every plug who claims to be a James’ boy.|
|Tales of the Ex-Tanks 93: Side-aisle plugs who looked like brickyard hands.|
|Two & Three 23 Apr. [synd. col.] Many a manager who buys a player to plug that gap in the infield discovers that he has bought a plug, all right.|
|Main Street (1921) 175: I don’t want to be a plug general practitioner all my life.|
|Let Tomorrow Come 39: Well, me an’ a plug – K.Y.; I don’t know his real handle.|
|AS VII:6402: plug, n. A clumsy person.‘Argot of an Orphans’ Home’ in|
|(con. 1917) Soldier Bill 45: The young fellows joining the army nowadays can take the girls away from us plugs; there is something wrong with us.|
|Redbook Mar. 48/2: You—you broken reed! You doormat! Old steady, unimaginative, dumb plug! [DA].|
3. (US) a worn-out old horse.
|DA].Lincoln’s Campaign (1896) 171: There’s an old plow ‘hoss’ whose name is ‘Dug,’ [...] he’s short and thick and a regular ‘plug’ [|
|Roughing It 179: I know that horse [...] he is, without the shadow of a doubt, a Genuine Mexican Plug!|
|Bill Nye and Boomerang 17: He jabs the Mexican spurs into the foamy flank of his noble cayuse plug.|
|Forward, March 29: You see she’s a Mexican—what Mark Twain would call a ‘genuine Mexican plug’.|
|Shorty McCabe 138: It didn’t seem to worry Jarvis any more’n if he was drivin’ a pair of mail-wagon plugs.|
|Maison De Shine 218: A coupla acrobats what lived here got me to put the hull roll on some old plug.|
|Enemy to Society 7: So long, stick-in-the-mud. Needn’t stop your old plugs fer me.|
|This Side of Paradise in Bodley Head Scott Fitzgerald III (1960) 225: You can leave your old plug in our stable.|
|(con. 1900) Green Grow the Lilacs I iii: Plug or no plug, you mighta tied him some’eres else.|
|AS XXII:2 95: plug. A worthless horse.‘The Background of Mark Twain’s Vocab.’ in|
|Rap Sheet 41: There was two fresh young saddle horses tied to the rail outside the barn. The old plugs was gone.|
|Shaft 1: A long purple coat that looked like a blanket on a Central park plug.|
4. (US) a fellow, a person, a chap.
|Tramping with Tramps 278: I’m always willing to be square to a square plug [fellow].|
|Life In Sing Sing 251: Plug. A fellow.|
|By Bolo and Krag 201: ‘The gentlemens Americans wish find gold,’ the grey-haired old plug had told me.|
|My Life in Prison 47: He seems t’ be a pretty good sort o’ plug.|
|Gay-cat 302: Gee, guy, gun, mug, plug, stiff, etc.—a fellow.|
|Criminal Sl. (rev. edn).|
5. (US campus) a hard-working student.
|DN II:i 49: plug, n. A hard student.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
6. (Can.) an unpleasant person.
|DN II:i 49: plug, n. A slow, disagreeable person.‘College Words and Phrases’ in|
7. (US) a hard-working but materially unsuccessful person.
|Valley of the Moon (1914) 174: There was two kinds of us, the lions and the plugs. The plugs only worked, the lions only gobbled.|
8. a worn-out racing greyhound.
|Dark Hazard (1934) 239: Tommy Mason [...] he’s got his dogs here. Most of them old plugs, no good.|
9. (US) a damaged or malfunctioning object, e.g. an old car.
|(con. 1949) Shiloh 41: We’ve still got that old plug, but it gets us to town.‘Detroit Skyline 1949’ in|
|Christine 63: I looked at the car again, the ’58 Plymouth, sitting in here when it should have been out back in the junkyard with the rest of Darnell’s rotten plugs.|