Definition of plughole in English:



  • A hole at the lowest point of a bath, basin, or sink, down which waste water drains away and which can be stopped with a plug.

    • ‘So there I was, mopping up the utility room and drying it off with paper kitchen towels, running around every room with a plughole or toilet pouring bleach down it, and opening every window in sight to get some air in.’
    • ‘The tiny digit was stuck tight and it took her father, Craig, and mother, Susan, half an hour to drain the bath and unscrew the metal plughole.’
    • ‘As a child, I loved to watch while the miniature vortex in the plughole sent my plastic ducks and boats spinning and colliding until eventually they capsized in a helpless shipwreck at the far end of the tub.’
    • ‘The children came up with some great ideas, which I then turned into the play, in which a group of five children went down the plughole of a bath and back in time.’
    • ‘Any bath water we don't use over 24 hours is let down the plughole and the bath is washed before we collect that day's ‘fresh’ grey water.’
    • ‘I stood and watched that wealthy man's rare and expensive brandy that had taken perhaps 100 years to mature cascading over my finger and glug, glug, glugging down the plughole and I smiled.’
    • ‘Fortunately, however, I just prefer to wash the evidence down my bath's plughole.’
    • ‘I scrubbed the bath out with bleach; I poured it down the plugholes of the bath and sinks, then took the bag out to the car as well.’
    • ‘It starts when you notice the plughole is blocked after you shampoo.’
    • ‘The proceeding two or so hours were very dull, revolving around the sorting of odd socks, scouring of pans and declogging of plugholes that are pretty run of the mill for most females of an evening.’
    • ‘Then he collected the ashes and pushed them into the sink, running the cold water tap until they had disappeared down the plughole.’
    • ‘To explore this to its logical conclusion, every time you pull your bath plug you see spontaneous order emerge in the way water spirals down the plughole, instead of simply plunging in an every-molecule-for-itself fashion.’
    • ‘When I got back from Wellington, my flatmate casually mentioned that the rubber bung had somehow been sucked down the plughole.’


  • go down the plughole

    • informal Be unsuccessful, lost, or wasted.

      ‘the company went down the plughole’
      • ‘If the company became insolvent and pension contributions went down the plughole, workers would not receive any state aid, trustees argued.’
      • ‘‘Your money is going straight down the plughole and we all have every reason to be furious about it,’ he said.’
      • ‘However, it's a crucial step because, without it, all your plans can go down the plughole.’
      • ‘The pressure was building because so much had been achieved and now it was threatening to go down the plughole.’
      • ‘Your money, ladies and gentlemen, is going straight down the plughole - and we all have every reason to be furious about it.’