pluck up

Related to pluck up: braveness

pluck up

vb (tr, adverb)
1. to pull out; uproot
2. to muster (courage, one's spirits, etc)
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ht " Matt, 38, admits he had been trying to pluck up the courage to ask Cara out but he was quite shy and wasn't sure what her reply wouldco sh wha be.
When I was in high school, I worked at a game preserve and would pluck up to 100 ducks a night.
I can't pluck up courage to go and I don't have the nervous energy to stay.