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as in:  it is plumb

Don’t assume ghosts if your door swings by itself. It is probably not plumb.
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plumbing plumb plumbed plumbs
Strongly Associated with:   plumb line
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  • Don’t assume ghosts if your door swings by itself. It is probably not plumb.
  • 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
  • I would pool about him a whole history of her absence, too wide to cross and too deep to plumb: a dusky, flooding water in which he might forever gently tread.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • You’ve been listening to the story of Peeby and plumb missed Indiana.
    Sharon Creech  --  Walk Two Moons

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  • "Marty," Dad says, and now his voice is just plumb tired.
    Phyllis Reynolds Naylor  --  Shiloh
  • That war left them plumb broke.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • "He’s plumb wore out."
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Because of Winn-Dixie
    Laurie Halse Anderson  --  Chains
  • Tree branches, power lines, porch awnings collapsed like they’d plumb given up.
    Kathryn Stockett  --  The Help
  • Knocked his head plumb to squash.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath

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  • But we kept waiting and waiting, and in the meantime we drank a bottle of Jose Cuervo plumb down to the worm.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Bean Trees
  • ROXANE: A heart too deep for common minds to plumb, A spirit subtle, charming?
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • His mouth was taped; the tape had been wound plumb around his head.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • I thought he was plumb out of it.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • No, when I go to sea, I go as a simple sailor, right before the mast, plumb down into the forecastle, aloft there to the royal mast-head.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Laying there with a fever talking plumb out of his head.
    August Wilson  --  Fences
  • It would drive me plumb crazy.
    Agatha Christie  --  Murder On The Orient Express
  • I looked into that face, trying to plumb its secret, but it told me nothing.
    Ralph Ellison  --  Invisible Man
  • They tied me up, then, plumb amidships, back to the mast, lashed to the mast, and took themselves again to rowing.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • Arobin had put on his coat, and he stood before her and asked if his cravat was plumb.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • Already were we come to the next tomb,[1] mounted on that part of the crag which just above the middle of the ditch hangs plumb.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • Monsieur Delacour was nowhere near as attractive as his wife; he was a head shorter and extremely plumb, with a little, pointed black beard.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  • They’ll have dragged us down plumb to the bottom.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • They are plumb set on that town, most as bad as Charlestonians are about Charleston, and it’ll take more than Yankees and a burning to keep them away.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • You can plumb us by our language—the precise and delicate delineations for ways to administer treacherous death.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • 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
  • Molly looks out of plumb.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • He took with him a small hatchet and a brush and, for the laying, a mason’s hammer, a leveling rod, a plumb, and a length of string.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • I knew it but I’ve plumb forgot it.
    James Agee  --  A Death in the Family
  • Pine thickets give off heat, but if it’s summertime, you want to sit amongst oak or hickory or some such, because pine gets plumb hot.
    Forest Carter  --  Education of Little Tree
  • Run plumb out of the country, called Rawlins.
    Cormac McCarthy  --  All the Pretty Horses
  • You know what, Mr. Quisenberry? I sold plumb out of tires before I got to thinking I needed new tires myself.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Snored so loud, you plumb drowned the wind.
    Katherine Paterson  --  Jacob Have I Loved
  • We could only exchange, on this, one of our deeper mutual soundings, and it was Mrs. Grose who first brought up the plumb with an almost elated "You see!"
    Henry James  --  The Turn of the Screw
  • But Henchard in estimating her tone was looking down so plumb-straight that he did not note the warm consciousness upon Lucetta’s face.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Mayor of Casterbridge
  • All unawares, Fluttering his pennons vain, plumb-down he drops Ten thousand fathom deep, and to this hour Down had been falling, had not, by ill chance, The strong rebuff of some tumultuous cloud, Instinct with fire and nitre, hurried him As many miles aloft.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He must look deeply into the chaos of his own soul and plumb its depths.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • "She was a plumb fool bout roses," he said softly.
    Olive Ann Burns  --  Cold Sassy Tree
  • The main nurse told everybody, ’Y’all come listen to this woman, she’s gone plumb crazy,— said my momma, laughing.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin’
  • Her singleness of mind made her drop plumb like a stone, alight exact as a bird, gave her, naturally, this swoop and fall of the spirit upon truth which delighted, eased, sustained—falsely perhaps.
    Virginia Woolf  --  To the Lighthouse
  • ’He says it’s plumb impossible.
    Agatha Christie  --  Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
  • Why you’re plumb growed.
    Larry McMurtry  --  Lonesome Dove
  • One time he was so timid he was plumb scared of the Super, and never got credit for the dandy work he did.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • When he was rescued on the morning of the following day, Morton plumb forgot about his single-celled nuptials and went back to his daytime job tasting the contents of open pop bottles for backwash and cigarette butts.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • Yet there were still pockets of her he had yet to plumb.
    J.D. Robb  --  Glory in Death
  • If you surf over a chuckhole, the robo-prongs plumb its asphalty depths.
    Neal Stephenson  --  Snow Crash
  • But old Pilgrim here has plumb forgotten.
    Nicholas Evans  --  The Horse Whisperer
  • I will plumb seas stranger than those haunted by the Albatross.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Born joined plumb togetherdead a course.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • I guess with all that was going on, poor Jim Ed plumb forgot what he was doing.
    Dori Sanders  --  Clover
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Associated words [difficulty]:   plumb [2] , plumb line [7]
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