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
Related formspluck·er, nounhalf-plucked, adjectiveun·plucked, adjectivewell-plucked, adjective
Examples from the Web for plucked
He plucked them and flushed the feathers carefully, so as not to block up the toilets and draw attention.Tales of a Jailhouse Gourmet: How I learned to Cook in Prison|Daniel Genis|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Umm…they maintain themselves,” she responded when asked whether or not they were threaded, plucked, or waxed.Donald Sterling’s Former Mistress Makes the “Paparazzi Shield” Chic; Cara Delevingne Has Self-Grooming Eyebrows|The Fashion Beast Team|May 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She was plucked from relative obscurity to star alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Freeman in the TV adaptation.
As he spoke he plucked a solitary gold-fish squirming and twisting out of its globe.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
After showing promise, she was plucked out and sent to Bletchley to work in the research unit run by Dilly Knox.Week in Death: The Woman Who Cracked Hitler’s Codes|The Telegraph|November 17, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I have plucked a bunch of leaves in an unexpected swoop in-shore.The Sea and the Jungle|H. M. Tomlinson
Mr. Langer nodded more decisively than before and plucked a second blade of grass.The Boy Scouts of Lakeville High|Leslie W. Quirk
"That is very good advice," said Anders with a wry face, as he plucked some moss to stanch the wound in his arm.Days of the Discoverers|L. Lamprey
He stuck his hand through the unglazed window of a never-built shop and plucked out a toy in a battered box.Makers|Cory Doctorow
But he being overruled by a council of war, plucked out his sword, and followed his commander, the Duke d'Anville.Acadia|Frederic S. Cozzens