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verb (used with object)
to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken.
to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve.
to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
to pull or move by force (often followed by away, off, or out ).
to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
Slang. to rob, plunder, or fleece.
to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
verb (used without object)
to pull or tug sharply (often followed by at ).
to snatch (often followed by at ).
act of plucking; a tug.
the heart, liver, and lungs, especially of an animal used for food.
courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.
Verb phrases
pluck up,
to eradicate; uproot.
to summon up one's courage; rouse one's spirits: He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.

before 1000; Middle English plukken (v.), Old English pluccian, cognate with Middle Low German plucken; akin to Dutch plukken, German pflücken

plucker, noun
half-plucked, adjective
unplucked, adjective
well-plucked, adjective

2. tug. 3. yank, tear, rip. 12. bravery, boldness, determination, mettle, nerve. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
pluck (plʌk)
vb (when intr, foll by at)
1.  (tr) to pull off (feathers, fruit, etc) from (a fowl, tree, etc)
2.  to pull or tug
3.  archaic (tr; foll by off, away, etc) to pull (something) forcibly or violently (from something or someone)
4.  (tr) to sound (the strings) of (a musical instrument) with the fingers, a plectrum, etc
5.  (tr) another word for strip
6.  slang (tr) to fleece or swindle
7.  courage, usually in the face of difficulties or hardship
8.  a sudden pull or tug
9.  the heart, liver, and lungs, esp of an animal used for food
[Old English pluccian, plyccan; related to German pflücken]

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Word Origin & History

late O.E. ploccian "pull off, cull," from W.Gmc. *plokken (cf. M.L.G. plucken, M.Du. plocken, Flem. plokken), perhaps from V.L. *piluccare (cf. O.Fr. peluchier, c.1180), a frequentative, ultimately from L. pilare "pull out hair," from pilus "hair." But despite the similarities, OED finds difficulties
with this and cites gaps in historical evidence. Noun sense of "courage, boldness" (1785) is originally boxing slang, from meaning "heart, viscera" (1611) as that which is "plucked" from slaughtered livestock. Perhaps infl. by fig. use in pluck up (one's courage, etc.), attested from c.1300. Hence, plucky (1842).
"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 1613.
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