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plump down

1. To fall, drop, set, or sit down very heavily, suddenly, or abruptly. He came in from work and plumped down on the sofa without a word. The huge St. Bernard came over and plumped down onto her bed by the fireplace.
2. To drop or set someone or something down very heavily, suddenly, or abruptly. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "plump" and "down." The courier plumped the package down on my desk, nearly knocking over my coffee cup in the process. He plumped the screaming child down on the couch and put on some cartoons to calm her down.
See also: down, plump

plump for (someone or something)

1. To choose, select, or opt for something. Primarily heard in UK. I plumped for the steak, but I wish I had gone with the chicken. In the end, we just plumped for the cheesy action movie.
2. To actively support someone or something. Don't say a bad word about that candidate to Mary—she's been plumping for him all year.
See also: for, plump

plump up

1. To become very plump, chubby, or rotund. Soak the dehydrated mushrooms in a cup of water for an hour, until they have plumped up and the water is nearly gone. I began plumping up almost as soon as I became pregnant.
2. To make someone or something plump, chubby, rotund, or fuller in shape. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "plump" and "up." My kids always come home for the holidays looking so skinny, so I always try to plump them up a bit. It has come to light that one of the biggest poultry producers in the country has been plumping up chicken meat with water to artificially increase their weight and subsequent price.
See also: plump, up
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

plump for someone or something

to support or promote someone or something. Henry spent a lot of energy plumping for Bill, who was running for vice president. She spent a lot of time plumping for our candidate.
See also: for, plump

plump something down

1. to drop a heavy load of something. She plumped the load of groceries onto the bench and looked through her purse for the keys. Jill plumped down her packages.
2. to drop something as if it were a heavy load. He plumped the potatoes down on each plate, making a loud noise each time. Dave plumped down a huge slab of meat onto the grill.
See also: down, plump

plump something up

to pat or shake something like a pillow into a fuller shape. Todd plumped his pillow up and finished making the bed. He plumped up his pillow.
See also: plump, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

plump up

1. To become more plump or chubby: I went off my diet and immediately plumped up.
2. To make something rounded or full in form: We plumped up the dried cherries by soaking them in water. The nurse brought me a pillow and plumped it up before putting it behind my head.
See also: plump, up
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Suddenly, he was accosted by a plumpish white American male, who began ranting: "Don't take the weakness of this American President as the weakness of the American people." When the ambassador looked at him blankly the man grabbed him, pulled him close and repeated his words slowly for emphasis.
In contrast, Father McPhee, the priest who attends Bernard's father in the hospital and who conducts Aunt Ursula's funeral, is human and approachable, "a youngish, plumpish man, with a short haircut, wearing the stole over a grey clerical shirt and black trousers" (133).
Beggar king Peachum is properly unsavory and avaricious as acted by Ron Lee Savin, as is his plumpish, wide-eyed and tipsy wife (Debbie Lee Jones).
Clumps to 3 feet tall sport abundant smooth, plumpish gray-green leaves about 4 inches long.
He had a plumpish face and shaved short black hair.
The vision of plumpish middle-aged men throwing handkerchiefs in the air while strapping bells to their shins is changing.
Just as eight years ago in Kuala Lumpur we had cheered on a plumpish girl with long black hair and flashing white teeth who went by the name of Candace Blades from Belize and who lolloped over the 100 metres hurdles before passing the finishing line 50 yards behind the winner and then skipped off to the long jump competition in the heptathlon where it was touch and go whether she reached the sandpit.
"There was a very smartly dressed tall man and plumpish woman, they said they'd come from the social services department and I started to shake, wondering what they wanted.
Plumpish starlet Alicia Silverstone is envious of Kate Winslet's casual attitude about her weight, big bottom and droopy breasts.
Short, plumpish and frumpish, I could only assume she had hidden talents.
plumpish woman" (VIII: 119) because of her unhealthy diet, is a "demonstration of the aptness of the term `Hues' for Germans" (VIII: 158).
Eisenberg is the more disciplined, more exquisitely insightful writer, and she has wound up with the more maniacal but ultimately entertaining book - pretty, too, with its plumpish, deepcerise cover and see-through jacket.