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
Such a schoolemaister is imprisonment, & plucker downe of loftie courages.Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (2 of 6): England (6 of 12)|Raphael Holinshed
Plucker first discovered that a plate of tourmaline suspended with its axis vertical, set axial.Outlines of a Mechanical Theory of Storms|T. Bassnett
And the birds will come and destroy many a berry before the plucker comes to pick the few that remain for the table.The Brook Kerith|George Moore
Few men of his years remain in such active connection with business affairs as did Mr. Plucker.Lyman's History of old Walla Walla County, Vol. 2 (of 2)|William Denison Lyman
I have worked long myself at magne-crystallic action, amid all the light of Faraday's and Plucker's researches.Faraday As A Discoverer|John Tyndall