What Does “Shameless Plug” Mean?

To plug something also means to advertise it; therefore, the informal term “shameless plug” refers to a blatant attempt of promoting or advertising a service, product, or business. The term most often refers to blatant attempts of self-promotion. Nevertheless, it can also be used when advertising other people/businesses. Therefore, a shameless plug is the equivalent of spam in the online world.

But not only advertisers or businesses can pull the shameless plug, people can do it too. Think about it. How many times during a breezy conversation do friends or coworkers try to advertise their belongings or their way of doing things?

Using Shameless Plug in a Sentence

  • “That company’s advertisements are simply shameless plugs.”
  • “About half of those forum threads are just shameless plugs from small local companies.”

Examples of Shameless Plugs

  • “I was looking for a new designer for my website ITInterviewGuide.com and someone said I don’t need one – what do you guys think?”
  • “Thank you for inviting me to your show, David. I know I’m here to talk about healthcare, but I just want to take a few moments and let you guys know about my daughter’s cookbook!”


And if we really think about it, we can use shameless plugs, too. Because no interview candidate should settle for just one non-technical interview question which might not even come during the interview! For better chances of landing the job, check out our other articles! You might like our answers to what does “pushing the envelope” mean or the difference between an elk and a moose questions.