pull the plug

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pull the plug (on something)

  1. (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.
  2. (intransitive, idiomatic) to cease to support; to halt
    It's a wonder the director didn't pull the plug on that project months ago.
  3. (intransitive) to cease or turn off life support
  4. (intransitive, idiomatic) to cease from production or publication.