pull the plug

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pull the plug prevent from happening or continuing "The government pulled the plug on spending"
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Idioms

Pull the plug - If the plug is pulled on something like a project, it is terminated prematurely, often by stopping funding.
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Usage

In literature:

Then they pulled the plug out of the bottom of the college and held promotion exercises.
"The University of Hard Knocks" by Ralph Parlette
After a time the jam apparently broke, pulled downstream a hundred feet or so, and plugged again.
"The Forest" by Stewart Edward White
As they pulled away from the Fortuna, Harry cautioned Tom to watch the plug in the after cabin and keep dry.
"Boy Scouts in Southern Waters" by G. Harvey Ralphson
All he has to do is knock out the plug an' pull the wick an' be happy.
"In the Days of Poor Richard" by Irving Bacheller
Wallace pulled out the two plugs and grinned at Simms.
"On the Trail of the Space Pirates" by Carey Rockwell
I soon discovered the water-cask, to which, pulling out the plug, I eagerly applied my mouth.
"Dick Cheveley" by W. H. G. Kingston
Coming alongside, we stepped on board, after having pulled out the boat's plug.
"The Strange Adventure Of James Shervinton 1902" by Louis Becke
He pulled the power plug and Scotty reeled it in.
"Smugglers' Reef" by John Blaine
The dories we pulled the plugs out of to let them drain and then took them on deck, but the seine-boat we had to pump out.
"The Seiners" by James B. (James Brendan) Connolly
It never occurred to him to pull the pulsemeter plug out.
"The Brain" by Alexander Blade
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In news:

Decreasing profits in recent years prompted the owners, brothers Alex and Alfred Gallegos, to pull the plug.
Pull the plug on 'Jon and Kate.
Time to pull the plug yet.
Pull the plug on electric car criticism.
Pull the plug on PBS.
Time to Pull the Plug .
Is it time to pull the plug on Grey's Anatomy.
Rallyin' to Pull the Plug on Defunct Healthcare.
Coyotes pull the plug on L.A.
When to Pull the Plug on Your Season.
Pull the Plug on Budget Talks.
Gary Coleman's Ex-Wife Was Authorized to Pull the Plug .
Pull the plug on pharma HCP sites.
Will We Finally Pull The Plug .
Pull the plug on Sacramento Sport Commission, but region should keep seeking major events.
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In science:

This means that the continuous spectrum will approach zero when y is on the pseudo-plug region and it will be pulled down very fast towards minus infinity as T approaches B .
Linear Stability Analysis for Plane-Poiseuille Flow of an Elastoviscoplastic fluid with internal microstructure
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