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.
Origin of pluck
Examples 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
Word Origin for pluck
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.