E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Plugson of Undershot.
Carlyles typical commercial Radical in the middle of the 19th century, who found that no decent Tory would shake hands with him; but at the close of the century found free-competition company with latter-day Tories.
There are two motive forces which may impel the Plugsons of Toryism the pressure is not great enough to overcome the vis inertia of Plugson and Co.Nineteenth Century, Dec., 1892, p. 878.