Definition of pluck in English:
- And boy, Steve reached down today and plucked it just like picking a flower.
- She reached over and plucked a small grass blade from his hair.
- She stammered, quickly plucking her favorite perfume off of her dresser and spraying some on.
- Riga grinned proudly and plucked at the sleeve of his shirt aimlessly.
- I plucked at the sleeve of the jacket Roop had given me, trying to think of a change in conversation.
- Morgan plucked at his sleeve and they both sat down silently on the other bed.
- He was already plucking the last few feathers and rubbing spices into the carcasses in preparation for cooking.
- The owner of the turkey and the ‘Keeper of the Fowl’ were going to have the bird cleaned and plucked and we were going to have a Turkey Fry.
- He at once began work on the bird, plucking the feathers carefully from its wings and tail and setting them in a pile on the sand, then skinning it with his dagger.
- Undergoing a total transformation by cutting her hair, plucking her eyebrows, and having her teeth capped, Céline was willing to do whatever it took to make her dreams a reality.
- Teen magazines are full of articles on how to lose weight, get the right hair highlights, pluck eyebrows effectively, and so on.
- My eyes are small like my dad's, and my eyebrows have been plucked much thinner than natural.
- Two of the people rescued were plucked from near-death situations.
- Rescuers managed to pluck the Dutch man from the stricken boat.
- Dozens of cats and dogs, even snakes and exotic birds have been plucked to safety and taken to temporary shelters.
- I sat with the lute in my lap, trying to reach for forgotten notes as my fingers plucked the strings.
- I watched her fingers pluck the strings gracefully, feeling her courage getting greater with the song.
- She started strumming, and plucking the strings, and finally singing.
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- And when I was here a few weeks ago, I met with a number of those families, and I was impressed by their pluck, their spirit.
- At 73 June sings those lyrics with the same determined pluck as she did at 9, revealing an artist whose hopefulness proved as solid and indefatigable as her voice.
- Admiring her pluck and determination Clint reluctantly takes her on and a fascinating relationship of substitute father and daughter emerges.
pull from (Old English):
A word that originally expressed a short sharp action, more like pluck (Old English) or snatch (Middle English), all words with obscure origins. To pull the plug is to prevent something from happening or continuing. Nowadays this probably brings to mind the image of someone disconnecting an electrical device by pulling out the plug from the socket, but the plug referred to here is one found in a forerunner of the flushing toilet, used from the mid 18th century. To flush it you had to pull a stopper or plug. To pull someone's leg, or tease them, has been used since the late 19th century, but the idea probably goes back to the 16th century, when you might pull someone by the ear, nose or sleeve to insult or make fun of them. If you pull out all the stops you make a very great effort to achieve something. The stops in this expression are the knobs or levers on a church organ which control the pipes. Pulling out all the stops will obviously result in the maximum volume possible.
pluck up courage
- see courage.
- [usually in combination]: a goose-pluckerMore example sentences
- Hailing from a musical family, he started out as a guitar plucker.
- Rubber workers would be required to tap 50 extra trees per day, for example, while tea-leaf pluckers would have to increase their harvest from 14 to 16 kilograms per day.
- They have also rejected employers' demands for productivity-linked wage rises and financial penalties against tea pluckers who fail to meet their daily quota.
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