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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.
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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

plumb the depths (of something)

To experience, understand, explore, or exhibit something in explicit detail or to an extreme degree. These valiant officers plumb the depths of heroism every day that they step foot on our streets. This new study aims to plumb the depths of the relationship between one's mood and one's appetite. I plumbed the depths of grief and despair for years after the death of my son; my hope is that I can now help others who are struggling in similar situations.
See also: depth, 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

1. If someone's behaviour plumbs the depths, it is extremely bad. This crime plumbs the very depths of the abyss into which it is possible for the human spirit to sink.
2. If you plumb the depths of something, you find out everything you can about it. He doesn't plumb the depths of a text in the way of his contemporaries. We can never fully plumb the depths of the unconscious.
3. If someone plumbs the depths of an unpleasant or difficult situation or emotion, they experience it to an extreme degree. They frequently plumb the depths of loneliness, humiliation and despair. Note: The above expressions relate to sailing in former times. When a ship was in shallow water one of the sailors would find out how deep the water was by dropping a piece of lead on a string, called a `plumb', over the side of the ship.
See also: depth, plumb

plumb new depths

If someone or something plumbs new depths, they behave even worse or are even worse than before. Critics and the public both expected him to plumb new depths of tastelessness. She will be remembered for having plumbed new depths in local government corruption.
See also: depth, new, plumb

out of plumb

not exactly vertical.
1984 T. Coraghessan Boyle Budding Prospects His bad eye, I noticed, had gone crazy. Normally it was just slightly out of plumb.
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plumb the depths

1 reach the extremes of evil or unhappiness. 2 inquire into the most obscure or secret aspects of something.
See also: depth, plumb

plumb the ˈdepths of something

reach the lowest or most extreme point of something: When his friend was killed, he plumbed the depths of despair.Originally, this referred to finding out the depth of the sea, etc. by dropping a weight tied to a rope into the water.
See also: depth, of, plumb, something

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.