Hayes was plucked from Up last week to take over the primetime slot previously occupied by populist firebrand Ed Schultz.
As he spoke he plucked a solitary gold-fish squirming and twisting out of its globe.
The details of the plot could have been plucked from an episode of the hit TV show “24.”
When people talk about how she was just plucked up out of Wasilla, you have to look at her career.
Both the winged feathered kind, and the earthbound humanoids, waiting to be plucked.
At the sight of the naked sword Prince Ivan plucked the blade from his side and Louis shrank a little behind his sister.
All of a sudden every bit of courage she had plucked up, was swept away.
She was weeping bitterly, and her restless fingers pulled to pieces a rose that she had plucked from a bush as she passed.
At these words Bradamante plucked up her courage and they embraced and parted.
They lived on fish, and the fruits they plucked along the banks of the rivers.
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]