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pull the plug (on one)

To remove, turn off, or discontinue someone's life-support system, resulting in their death. Despite many objections, the court ruled that the family could pull the plug. I've instructed my family to pull the plug on me if I ever become totally comatose.
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pull the plug (on something)

1. Literally, to cut off the power to some electrical or electronic device by removing the power cable from the power socket. The computer had such a bad crash that the only thing I could do was pull the plug. She pulled the plug on the vacuum cleaner because I couldn't hear what she was saying.
2. By extension, to force something to end; to cut off the means for something to continue operating. The new president pulled the plug on several of his predecessor's programs as soon as he took office. They pulled the plug because they felt our department wasn't an important part of the business.
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pull the plug

 (on someone)
1. Lit. to turn off someone's life-support system in a hospital. (Based on pull the plug (on something) {2}. This results in the death of the person whose life support has been terminated.) They had to get a court order to pull the plug on their father. Fred signed a living will making it possible to pull the plug on him without a court order.
2. Fig. to put an end to someone's activities or plans. (Based on pull the plug (on something) {2}.) The mayor was doing a fine job until the treasurer pulled the plug on him. David pulled the plug on Fred, who was taking too long with the project.
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pull the plug

 (on something)
1. Lit. to terminate the functions of something by pulling a connector from a socket. While she was working at the computer, I accidentally pulled the plug. I pulled the plug on the vacuum because the switch was broken.
2. Fig. to reduce the power or effectiveness of something; to disable something. Jane pulled the plug on the whole project. The treasurer pulled the plug because there was no more money in the budget.
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pull the plug

prevent something from happening or continuing; put a stop to something. informal
This phrase alludes to an older type of lavatory flush which operated by the pulling out of a plug to empty the contents of the pan into the soil pipe.
1997 New Scientist And with the first elements of the ISS set for launch next year, it's hardly likely Congress will pull the plug on the project.
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pull the plug

verb
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My bill will go up by 34 per cent after August 1, and I intend to pull the plug.
News Corp has refused to negotiate in good faith and rejected calls from dozens of political leaders to not pull the plug and join Cablevision in binding arbitration.
The Premier League still need to ratify the deal today and make sure all of the paperwork was done before yesterday's 5pm deadline after Zenit St Petersburg's last-gasp dirty tricks threatened to pull the plug on the transfer.
ORGANISERS of an extreme sports and music festival were forced to pull the plug on this year's event due to poor ticket sales, it was revealed last night.
Four years ago, Darren Aronofsky (``Requiem for a Dream'') had to pull the plug on his epic adventure-romance ``The Fountain'' when Brad Pitt bailed just as filming was to begin.
Adding these factors and several others together, Houghton and colleagues pull the plug on the idea of a large U.
Beleaguered Partick Thistle face closure today if their creditors pull the plug at a crisis meeting.
The first move by T-Mobile and the recent success of E-Plus in Germany may have helped KPN take the decision to pull the plug on handset subsidies in The Netherlands.
March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) today continued to urge ABC Disney to listen to government officials and consumers and not pull the plug on WABC at midnight on Saturday, March 6, 2010 while the negotiations continue.
I'm beginning to fear that even if they do pull the plug, it has taken on such a life of its own that it will march on remorselessly like the Yul Brynner robot in Westworld.
Rather than pull the plug on this ``experimental program,'' earnest scam artist Bartleby Gaines (Justin Long) decides to empower his fellow ne'er-do-wells, asking them what classes they'd like to take.
Last week we asked: Is it time to pull the plug on reality television
And BBC bigwigs - who feared that Scotland's soccer chiefs were about to pull the plug on the game - were thrilled by the news.
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