plug-ugly

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n plug-ugly someone who bullies weaker people
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plug-ugly A city ruffian; one of a band of rowdies who indulged in wanton assaults upon persons and property in streets and public places: first used in Baltimore.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Plug-ugly a street ruffian
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Dut. plug, a bung, a peg (Sw. plugg, a peg, Ger. pflock); most prob. Celt., as in Ir., Gael., and W. ploc.

Usage

In literature:

And she goes off with that plug-ugly who looks as if he had been hit in the face with a coin-die.
"Maggie: A Girl of the Streets" by Stephen Crane
He'll kill somebody yet, that plug-ugly of yourn, an' be hanged for it.
"The Valley of the Moon" by Jack London
He is an unmitigated ruffian, the plug-ugly of the woods.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
It would have broken me all up if that plug-ugly had killed him.
"The Little Warrior" by P. G. Wodehouse
The herring-gull, in spite of his silly name, has a reputation, and a "plug ugly" one.
"The Way of the Wild" by F. St. Mars
It would have broken me all up if that plug-ugly had killed him.
"Jill the Reckless" by P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
He was a sweet-tempered dog, handicapped by the outward appearance of a canine plug-ugly.
"The Girl on the Boat" by Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
It makes me feel like a plug-ugly.
"A Spoil of Office" by Hamlin Garland
Every criminal and plug-ugly in the country is spitting in our faces this morning.
"Cavanaugh: Forest Ranger" by Hamlin Garland
You might work the plug-ugly over.
"The Fighting Edge" by William MacLeod Raine
I hope I am now done with Gen. Winder and his "Plug Ugly" dynasty.
"A Rebel War Clerk's Diary at the Confederate States Capital" by John Beauchamp Jones
The male gote haz two horns on the ridge ov hiz hed, and a mustash on hiz bottom lip, and iz the plug ugly ov hiz naberhood.
"The Complete Works of Josh Billings" by Henry W. Shaw
The "plug-ugly" of Baltimore is another name for the same class.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 6" by Various
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In poetry:

"I got no time fer wasters, lad," sez 'e,
"But that there ugly mug o' yourn I trust."
An' so I reckon that it's up to me
To make a bloomin' do of it or bust.
I got to take the back-ache wiv the rest,
An' plug along, an' do me little best.
"Uncle Jim" by C J Dennis

In news:

Plug Ugly's opens in Canton.
It took awhile—almost two years—but Plug Ugly's Publick House officially opened last Saturday.
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