Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

pull the plug on (sth)

pull the plug on something
Meaning(s)
1) stop something from happening or continuing
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional LowSocial
    • pull the plug on the deal
  • Analysis
    If you were to 'pull the plug on something' literally, you would remove a device's power cable from its socket, thus depriving it of the electrical supply it needs to operate. This expression is used figuratively to refer to stopping support for something or ending support abruptly. The type of support is usually financial and directed towards a plan, business, or project. For that reason, this expression is mostly used in a professional context. Similar in meaning to pull the rug out from under someone.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. In the end, I had to pull the plug on the scheme. It was simply costing the business too much money.
    2. We need to get our agreement with David written down on paper because at the moment there's nothing stopping him from pulling the plug on the deal whenever he feels like it.
    3. I was unhappy with the way the business was being run, so I pulled the plug on any further investment.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. I'm so glad we managed to finalise the sale of our car I was terrified someone would pull the plug.
    2. My son is too reliant on our financial support I don't know how he would survive if we pulled the plug.
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