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 ?
In the morning the strabismic plug-ugly with the red hair brought him food and drink, while in the evening the non-grunter did the honours.
And she goes off with that plug-ugly who looks as if he had been hit in the face with a coin-die.
I've always said poker players are so Plug-ugly that you suspect they've pulled more royal flushes than women, but then along comes Coren (right).
Over the years, I've hunted behind homely, even plug-ugly dogs, that on the surface seemed to be without redeeming qualities.
From the plug-ugly Allegro to the popular Viva, you couldn't drive for more than a few miles without crossing their paths in the 70s and 80s.
From the plug-ugly Austin Allegro to the popular Vauxhall Viva, you couldn't drive for more than a few miles without crossing their paths.
The American military long since realised they could invade nothing more heavily defended than a Beach Boys revival convert in a Jeep and so introduced the plug-ugly Hummer and with it the new battlefield tactic of scaring the enemy to death.