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Definition exactly vertical or straight

More rarely, plumb can also be sued as a verb to refer to doing plumbing. It can also refer to the weight at the end of a line that is used to see if something is straight. Finally, it can be used as an intensifier, as when someone expresses that they are tired by saying, "I'm plumb wiped out."  The last use may also be spelled like the fruit (plum).
  • Don't assume ghosts if your door swings by itself. It is probably not plumb.
plumb = exactly vertical or straight
  • Using a pebble on a horsehair string, he dropped it deep in the hole and let it hung to see if the hole was plumb to the earth.
    Robert Newton Peck  --  A Day No Pigs Would Die
  • plumb = exactly vertical
  • the tower of Pisa is far out of plumb
  • I will plumb seas stranger than those haunted by the Albatross.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Went plumb through the snaw in the winter ...
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • A pal I had used to say thet whiskey riled him, thet rattlesnake pisen het up his blood some, but it took a woman to make him plumb bad.
    Zane Grey  --  The Heritage of the Desert
  • I thought he was plumb out of it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • We got her half way; and then we was plumb played out, and most drownded with sweat.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • ROXANE: A heart too deep for common minds to plumb, A spirit subtle, charming?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • I would plumb the depths of vice in these final hours.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • I looked into that face, trying to plumb its secret, but it told me nothing.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • Because he knows you have to laugh at the things that hurt you just to keep yourself in balance, just to keep the world from running you plumb crazy.
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
  • He was found dead yesterday all chewed by coyotes, en' he'd been shot plumb center.
    Zane Grey  --  Riders of the Purple Sage
  • When she died, the next twenty-eight years pained me so much that most folks—including me—thought I'd plumb lost my mind.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • 'He says it's plumb impossible.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Arobin had put on his coat, and he stood before her and asked if his cravat was plumb.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The hours didn't pass slowly enough for them to plumb the depths of their experiences and theories.
    Ted Dekker  --  White: The Great Pursuit
  • It would drive me plumb crazy.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I knew it but I've plumb forgot it.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains

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