One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stopper or plug.
stopper, stop, plug, bung, peg, spigot, spile, sealView synonyms
- ‘You simply fill the inside with copper and polish, place it inside the canister and fill the canister with copper and polish and secure it with the stopples as shown.’
- ‘As late as 1825, these stopples were still the closure of choice.’
- ‘The stopple prevents inadvertent ejection of material stored in the hollow needle/push rod assembly.’
- ‘The advantage of a bottle stopple is that it will require less copper during the cleaning process.’
- ‘But word soon came over a radio that no stopples for pipelines this large could be found in the region on short notice.’
verb[with object]North American
Seal with a stopper.block, block off, block up, stop up, plug, seal, seal off, seal up, shut off, shut up, cork, stopper, bung, bung upView synonyms
Middle English: partly a shortening of Old French estouppail ‘bung’, reinforced by the verb stop.
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