plug-ugly

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plug-ug·ly

(plŭg′ŭg′lē)
n. pl. plug-ug·lies Slang
A gangster or ruffian.

[From the Plug Uglies, a gang active in several East Coast cities in the 1850s.]

plug-ugly

adj
informal extremely ugly
n, pl -lies
slang US a city tough; ruffian
[C19: origin obscure; originally applied to ruffians in New York who attempted to exert political pressure]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plug-ugly - someone who bullies weaker peopleplug-ugly - someone who bullies weaker people  
bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, yob, yobbo, yobo, tough - a cruel and brutal fellow
Ted, Teddy boy - a tough youth of 1950's and 1960's wearing Edwardian style clothes
Translations

plug-ugly

[ˌplʌgˈʌglɪ] ADJfeísimo, horrendo
References in classic literature ?
The guests sat at the upper table, the ladies in a gallery above them, while the usual drove of men-at-arms, archers, malapert rogues, varlets, scurvy knaves, scullions, and plug-uglies attached to all medieval households, squashed in near the door, wherever they could find room.
It was dark outside, but Agravaine could distinguish a female form, and, beyond, a shapeless mass which he took correctly to be the remains of the two plug-uglies.
But it was also very popular with average citizens in the big cities of the East who just wanted that extra bit of advantage over lurking footpads and plug-uglies when venturing abroad.