pull the plug IDIOM

Meaning – to put an end to something, to terminate a project / situation


In Context  – I’m pulling the plug on this marketing strategy, it’s just not working.

Origin – This is an American idiom which originated in the 19th century.  Plug has a second meaning in English.  It is also the object used to prevent water escaping from a sink (a stopper in US English).  In 19th century America, toilets had plugs so to flush a toilet, you needed to pull the plug.

Opposite Idiom – to give something the red light

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