verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
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Origin of pluck
OTHER WORDS FROM pluckplucker, nounhalf-plucked, adjectiveun·plucked, adjectivewell-plucked, adjective
Words nearby pluck
Example sentences from the Web for pluck
Pluck a pebble from a mountain and pretend the mountain is gone.The Crazy Way Creationists Try To Explain Human Tails Without Evolution|Karl W. Giberson|June 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The human urge to pluck a string and make music goes back many millennia.Was The Beatles’ Music Really That Unique? Yeah, It Totally Was.|Michael Tomasky|February 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The easiest thing would be to pluck another exiled oligarch out of the sin bin.
I pluck the daisies as they grow, and take them home,' said the old woman after a short silence. 'Charles Dickens' Enduring Insights on Human Loss and Suffering|David Frum|February 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
So obviously the Obama campaign will be able to pluck many counter-examples from its file and probably fight this one to a draw.
He was down before it, and ready, with his savage little hand, to pluck the burning coals out.The Haunted Man and the Ghost's Bargain|Charles Dickens
To pluck a weed from the roadside and present it to one's sovereign would be no better than an insult.The Expositor's Bible: The Second Book of Samuel|W. G. Blaikie
Think you that I cannot pluck yon chough without being pinched?The Yeoman Adventurer|George W. Gough
“All but putting a bronze tablet in the gym, to commemorate the pluck you showed,” added Tom.A Quarter-Back's Pluck|Lester Chadwick
I am not surprised at Gough liking him; he has a rare gift of brains as well as of pluck!Twelve Years of a Soldier's Life in India|W. S. R. Hodson