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- (intransitive) to unplug or cut power
- Shut off the machine and pull the plug.
- He put an end to the loud music by pulling the plug.
- (intransitive, idiomatic) to cease to support; to halt
- It's a wonder the director didn't pull the plug on that project months ago.
- 2020 July 15, Mike Brown talks to Paul Clifton, “Leading London's "hidden heroes"”, in Rail, pages 42-43:
- "We have a deal that stopped me pulling the plug on services. But only just. I was hours from having to stop the Underground and buses from running in this, the greatest city on Earth. How insane is that? How could that even be allowed to happen?
"I waited until five to midnight on the day when I would have had to pull the plug for the next day, before I got the letter from the Government on an interim funding settlement.
- (intransitive) to cease or turn off life support
- (intransitive, idiomatic) to cease from production or publication.
disconnect from a supply — see unplug
unplug, cut power