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pluck



Pronunciation: (pluk), [key]
v.t.
1. to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken.
2. to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve.
3. to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
4. to pull or move by force (often fol. by away, off, or out).
5. to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
6. Slang.to rob, plunder, or fleece.
7. to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.

v.i.
1. to pull or tug sharply (often fol. by at).
2. to snatch (often fol. by at).
3. pluck up,
a. to eradicate; uproot.
b. 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.

n.
1. act of plucking; a tug.
2. the heart, liver, and lungs, esp. of an animal used for food.
3. courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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