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out of plumb

Not completely or precisely vertical. I think we need to call the builder again because that wall is definitely out of plumb.
See also: of, out, plumb

off plumb

Not completely or precisely vertical. I think we need to call the builder again because that wall is definitely off plumb.
See also: off, plumb

half a bubble off plumb

Fig. giddy; crazy. She is acting about half a bubble off plumb. What is wrong with her? Tom is just half a bubble off plumb, but he is all heart.
See also: bubble, half, off, plumb

plumb loco

Rur. completely crazy. (Loco is from a Spanish word meaning "mad.") You're plumb loco if you think I'll go along with that. All those people were running around like they were plumb loco.
See also: loco, plumb

plumb the depths (of something)

to carefully examine something in order to understand or explain it Who would want to plumb the depths of the criminal mind?
Etymology: based on plumb line (a cord with a heavy piece of metal attached to it, used to measure the depth of water under a ship)
See also: depth, plumb

plumb the depths

 
1. to experience extreme sadness (usually + of ) His wife left him in May and during the following months he plumbed the depths of despair.
2. to understand something in detail, especially something that is difficult to understand (usually + of ) In hypnosis we plumb the depths of the unconscious.
3. if something that someone does or says plumbs the depths, it is very bad (often + of ) I read one review which said the show plumbed the depths of tastelessness.
See also: depth, plumb

half a bubble off plumb

phr. giddy; crazy. Tom is just half a bubble off plumb, but he is all heart.
See also: bubble, half, off, plumb

plumb loco

(ˈpləm ˈloko)
mod. completely crazy. (Folksy. Loco is from a Spanish word meaning “mad.”) You’re plumb loco if you think I’ll go along with that.
See also: loco, plumb
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Initially, Plumb was sent into the intensive care unit to be monitored during a blood transfusion.
In some cases, dialysis is necessary, but Plumb didn't face that possibility.
Plumb remained optimistic, but it was a scary time for her family.
You see those blood bags dripping, and you know it is something," Teresa Plumb said.
Eventually, the disease subsided, but Plumb will continue to return to Doernbecher for a check-up every six months.
When Plumb first returned home from Doernbecher early last month, she didn't eat much and was tired often.
Eventually, Plumb eased into practice, just shooting around at first and eventually working out with the team.
The Warriors are 4-1 since Plumb has returned to the lineup and are in second place in the Big Fir League with their goal set to reach the Class 2A state tournament.
Plumb wasn't the only question mark at the start of the season for Beer, who was also without senior post Erin Thomas, who injured her anterior cruciate ligament.