The human urge to pluck a string and make music goes back many millennia.
He appeared certain to pluck one, but the power of this tree and of this place was such that he knew better.
Before Dallas, the Kennedys had Hollywood star-power and New England pluck, not the Royal Standard flying in Hyannis Port.
pluck a pebble from a mountain and pretend the mountain is gone.
When it comes to the players who are playing, you just pluck the low-hanging fruit.
However, non constat Patrici; I'll pluck the crow wid you on my return.
Cut off my arm and pluck out my eye, so that the other may be better.
He had pluck to spare, but ridicule is the hardest thing to face in life.
Then you have to do the best you can, and prove the pluck that is in you.
He appeared to have no further thought than how to pluck from the event the advantages he could discover in it.
late Old English ploccian, pluccian "pull off, cull," from West Germanic *plokken (cf. Middle Low German plucken, Middle Dutch plocken, Dutch plukken, Flemish plokken, German pflücken), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *piluccare (cf. Old French peluchier, late 12c.; Italian piluccare), a frequentative, ultimately from Latin pilare "pull out hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). But despite the similarities, OED finds difficulties with this and cites gaps in historical evidence. Related: Plucked; plucking.
To pluck a rose, an expression said to be used by women for going to the necessary house, which in the country usually stands in the garden. [F. Grose, "Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785]This euphemistic use is attested from 1610s. To pluck up "summon up" is from c.1300.
c.1400, "act of plucking," from pluck (v.). Meaning "courage, boldness" (1785), originally in pugilism slang, is a figurative use from earlier meaning "heart, viscera" (1610s) as that which is "plucked" from slaughtered livestock. Perhaps influenced by figurative use of the verb in pluck up (one's courage, etc.), attested from c.1300.
To rob or cheat; fleece: These bimbos once helped pluck a bank
[1400+; fr the image of plucking a chicken]
To do the sex act with or to; screw
[1950s+; a euphemism for fuck]