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pluck

Pronunciation: /plʌk/

Translation of pluck in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

  • 1.1 (pull feathers, hair from) [chicken] desplumar to pluck one's eyebrows depilarse las cejas
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (pull, pick) [fruit/flower] arrancar* to pluck sth/sb from sth arrancar* algo/a algn de algo he was plucked from the bosom of his family fue arrancado del seno de su familia to pluck sb from the jaws of death arrancar* a algn de las garras de la muerte she plucked a thorn from my finger me sacó una espina del dedo
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.3 [Music/Música] [string/guitar] puntear
    Example sentences
    • 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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

  • to pluck at sth tirar de algo, jalar de algo (Latin America except Southern Cone/América Latina excepto Cono Sur) to pluck at a guitar puntear la guitarra

noun/nombre

uncountable/no numerable

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