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pluck

 (plŭk)
v. plucked, pluck·ing, plucks
v.tr.
1. To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers; pick: pluck a flower; pluck feathers from a chicken.
2. To pull out the hair or feathers of: pluck a chicken.
3. To remove abruptly or forcibly: plucked their child from school in midterm.
4. To give an abrupt pull to; tug at: pluck a sleeve.
5. Music To sound (the strings of an instrument) by pulling and releasing them with the fingers or a plectrum.
v.intr.
To give an abrupt pull; tug.
n.
1. The act or an instance of plucking.
2. Resourceful courage and daring in the face of difficulties; spirit.
3. The heart, liver, windpipe, and lungs of a slaughtered animal.

[Middle English plukken, from Old English pluccian, probably from Vulgar Latin *piluccāre, ultimately from Latin pilāre, from pilus, hair.]

pluck′er n.
References in classic literature ?
There were the wool-pluckers, whose hands went to pieces even sooner than the hands of the pickle men; for the pelts of the sheep had to be painted with acid to loosen the wool, and then the pluckers had to pull out this wool with their bare hands, till the acid had eaten their fingers off.
You can't even mention it in Indiana now," said Jonathan Plucker, an endowed professor at the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut who previously ran the Center for Evaluation & Education Policy at Indiana University.
Wayne Plucker, an aerospace and defense analyst with Frost & Sullivan, said Boeing could feasibly deliver its first 18 aircraft on time.
Asia-Pacific and the Middle East are the prime markets for both commercial flight training and simulation services," said Frost & Sullivan Aerospace & Defense Director Wayne Plucker .
It begins with a Special Feature article by Jonathan Plucker and Carolyn Callahan on gifted education presenting a past, present, and future status of gifted education and research on the gifted.
That's exactly what Herrick Kimball did when he introduced the Whizbang chicken plucker.
For both the North American and European MROs, the MRO market will be focused on an aging wide-body fleet," said Wayne Plucker, aerospace industry manager for Frost & Sullivan
The maximal k x k minors of k x n-matrices form projective coordinates on the Grassmannian, called the Plucker coordinates.
A friend, Mike, built a bird plucker several years ago.
Talking on the importance and necessity of evaluating technical assistance, Jonathan Alan Plucker, professor of Educational Psychology and Cognitive Science at the Indiana University School of Education in the US, said that educational systems around the globe have realized the importance of program evaluation.
Poorer families had hoped that Nick Clegg would speak up for them, but one source claimed all they co hear him sayin was: "I'm not pheasant plucker I'm a pheasant plucker's son.
But beware of phrases like "tool kits", "smart fella", "shoots but can't hit" and "pheasant plucker.