to pull the plug

Idiom Definition 1

"to pull the plug"

to bring to an end

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Idiom Definition 2

"to pull the plug"

to free from connection

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Idiom Definition 3

"to pull the plug"

to remove from life support machines

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - to pull the plug

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: I'm thinking about pulling the plug on the new advertising campaign we launched last week.

Colleague 2:  Why is that?

Colleague 1:  The numbers are just not looking good.

Colleague 2:  Sometimes it takes a little time for these new campaigns to start to become effective.

Colleague 1:  It couldn't hurt to stick with it for a couple more weeks.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - to pull the plug

A husband and wife are talking ...

Wife:  Can you help me, please?

Husband:  What do you need?

Wife:  The microwave oven won't work.

Husband:  Have you tried pulling the plug and then plugging it back in?  That often resets the appliance so that it works again.

Wife:  Thanks.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - to pull the plug

A brother and sister are talking about their brother Sam ...

Brother:  What are we going to do? Sam has shown no signs of brain activity for months.

Sister:  I don't even want to have this conversation.

Brother:  I know it's difficult but we have to think about what's best for everyone.

Sister:  The doctors have said that there is, basically, a zero chance of Sam recovering.

Brother:  Then I suppose we have to think about pulling the plug and letting Sam go peacefully.

to pull the plug - Usage:


to pull the plug - Gerund Form:

Pulling the plug to end a failing project is very difficult.

Pulling the plug on your computer can often help to reset the software.

Pulling the plug on a loved one is often the most humane.

to pull the plug - Examples:

1)  I decided to pull the plug on negativity and think positively.

2)  Time to pull the plug on pensions and public unions. They have drained entire cities dry.

3)   How do we know when it's time to pull the plug on our most important battles for the past and start moving forward?

4)  If any network knows how to pull the plug on a show right quick, it's Comedy Central.

5)  I think I'm close to being able to pull the plug on a traditional laptop entirely.

6)  You're just doing it wrong. Deprecate, don't just pull the plug, since you do know many developers are using the feature.

7)  Flowers was suffering from a viral infection and the group were force to pull the plug just five songs in on Tuesday.

8)  I guess you got ta pull the plug at some point. Everything must come to an end. It always does.

9)  The doctor must always be able to pull the plug on the nanomachines. This is one of the most important design constraints.

10)  Canada's political leadership is being urged to pull the plug on the entire project, or substantially move the funds.

11)  Gomez decided to pull the plug on her romance with Bieber.

12)  There comes a point where a decision comes to pull the plug and see if the patient will live on his own.

13)  If I'm brain dead, can you gently pull the plug?

14)  They were correct to fear that the government would pull the plug on grandma.

15)  I literally felt like someone was going to pull the plug and I was going to die.

16)  They suggested that he pull the plug. Smriti had already suffered enough brain damage that even if she did come out she would be a vegetable for life.

17)  If that ever happens, just pull the plug. His wife got up, unplugged the TV and threw it out.

18)  My request was recalled, and someone retreated upstairs to pull the plug on the finicky router.

19) If the machine starts to run out of control, be ready to pull the plug

20)  Pull out the stove for cleaning but remember to pull the plug.