But what was to be expected of men who had not even been able to pluck up sufficient courage to wrench Paris from Trochu?
He was trying to pluck up his spirit in order that he might get rid of them.
All this time nothing had been said of the Sheriff's money, so presently he began to pluck up heart.
This thought caused him to pluck up heart and look at Nina sideways.
I have no time to write at present, but I beg you will endeavour to pluck up a little more of the Man than you used to have.
Take my advice and pluck up spirit, and go in for her boldly.
Will dive into the bottom of the deep, pluck up drowned honor by the locks, and call it vanity!
In the meantime our men will pluck up their courage—that will be so much gained.
pluck up courage ye unfortunate ones—ye doubters—ye "I Can't" people!
Lopez had resolved to pluck up his spirit and carry himself like a man.
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]