v. t.1.To pull; to draw.
[imp. & p. p. Plucked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Plucking.]
Its own nature . . . plucks on its own dissolution.
- Je . Taylor.
2.Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes.
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude.
- Milton.
3.To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.
They which pass by the way do pluck her.
- Ps. lxxx. 2.
4.(Eng. Universities) To reject at an examination for degrees.
To pluck away
to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.
To pluck down
to pull down; to demolish; to reduce to a lower state.
to pluck off
to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin.
to pluck up
a - To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation
b - To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.
- Jer. xii. 17.
v. i.1.To make a motion of pulling or twitching; - usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
n.1.The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
2.The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
3.Spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude.
Decay of English spirit, decay of manly pluck.
- Thackeray.
4.The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4.
5.(Zool.) The lyrie.
Noun1.pluck - the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
2.pluck - the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
Verb1.pluck - pull or pull out sharply; "pluck the flowers off the bush"
Synonyms: pull off, tweak, pick off
2.pluck - sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
Synonyms: hustle, roll
3.pluck - rip off; ask an unreasonable price
4.pluck - pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
Synonyms: plunk, pick
5.pluck - strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
6.pluck - look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
Synonyms: cull, pick
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Translate Pluck to Spanish, Translate Pluck to German, Translate Pluck to French
Plowman's spikenard
Plowshare bone
-- Pluck --
pluck at
Plucker tube
pluferfect tense
Plug and feather
plug and play
plug and pray
plug away
Plug board
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