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PLUNK, v.2, intr. To absent oneself from school without leave, to play truant (wm.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.; m. and s.Sc. 1966); to go away and hide, to conceal oneself, skulk; tr. to play truant from (the school), to dodge. Deriv. plunker, a truant (Sc. 1825 Jam.); a recalcitrant horse, a jibber (Sc. 1880 Jam.). Gsw. 1809  D. Murray Old College (1927) 562:
“Plunking the class”, he continues, “was so frequent as to cause numerous rows in Jammy's class, the absentees on their return being taken for strangers.”
Rnf. 1840  Private MS. per
1:
I saw Jean Anderson cast Sabbath and yesterday. On the afternoons of both days she was plunking.
Edb. 1876  J. Smith Archie and Bess 16:
I'll no plunk the schule ony mair.
Arg. 1905  Argyllshire Herald (11 March):
'Twas there we hid oor books an slates when we did plunk the schule.
Lnk. 1909  W. Wingate Poems (1919) 71:
'Twas a bonnie day — and a day o' dule The day I plunkit the Sawbath schule!
Ayr. 1945  B. Fergusson Lowland Soldier 25:
He plunkit the school And catched with a preen Seven trouts in the Gigmagog pool.
Wgt. 1951  Gall. Gazette (27 Oct.):
In the country district around Stranraer he has heard of pupils “skipping” the school, “plunking” the school and “bulking” the school.
Per. 1964 1 :
You've tae count a hunder while we go and plunk.

[Orig. uncertain. Jam. suggests an extended meaning of Plunk, v.1 (cf. 1., (1), 2. (1)). Cf. also Plug, v.2]

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