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
Example sentences from the Web for pluck
His big break came in 1992 when an aging cardinal plucked him from his outback and persuaded the Vatican to make him a bishop.
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
Edna plucked all the bright flowers she could find, and went into the house with them, she and the little dog.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
She plucked and tore at her arms for a little time; but I held her hands, and she soon dropped off.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Woe to you if you fall into his clutches; before you come out of them you will be plucked, veritably flayed.Friend Mac Donald|Max O'Rell
The newsdealer was looking the other way as he made change so Lamb plucked back his nickel.
In a sudden, blind choler, she swept round, plucked the dagger from Tressan's belt and flung herself upon the treacherous captain.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini