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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.

pluck

(plʌk)
vb
1. (tr) to pull off (feathers, fruit, etc) from (a fowl, tree, etc)
2. (when: intr, foll by at) to pull or tug
3. (tr; foll by off, away, etc) archaic to pull (something) forcibly or violently (from something or someone)
4. (Music, other) (tr) to sound (the strings) of (a musical instrument) with the fingers, a plectrum, etc
5. (tr) another word for strip17
6. (tr) slang to fleece or swindle
n
7. courage, usually in the face of difficulties or hardship
8. a sudden pull or tug
9. (Cookery) the heart, liver, and lungs, esp of an animal used for food
[Old English pluccian, plyccan; related to German pflücken]
ˈplucker n

pluck

(plʌk)

v.t.
1. to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, or feathers.
2. to grasp or grab: to pluck someone's sleeve.
3. to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
4. to pull or detach by force (often fol. by away, off, or out).
5. to remove feathers or hair from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
6. Slang. to rob; cheat.
7. to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
v.i.
8. to pull or tug sharply (often fol. by at).
9. to snatch (often fol. by at).
n.
10. the act of plucking; a tug.
11. courage; resolution.
[before 1000; Middle English plukken (v.), Old English pluccian, c. Middle Low German plucken; akin to Dutch plukken, German pflücken]
pluck′er, n.

Pluck

 of shawmers: a company of shawm players—Bk. of St. Albans, 1486; (a shawm is a medieval stringed musical instrument).
Examples: shawmer, a player of the shawm, 1505; a flourish of shawms, 1641.

pluck


Past participle: plucked
Gerund: plucking

Imperative
pluck
pluck
Present
I pluck
you pluck
he/she/it plucks
we pluck
you pluck
they pluck
Preterite
I plucked
you plucked
he/she/it plucked
we plucked
you plucked
they plucked
Present Continuous
I am plucking
you are plucking
he/she/it is plucking
we are plucking
you are plucking
they are plucking
Present Perfect
I have plucked
you have plucked
he/she/it has plucked
we have plucked
you have plucked
they have plucked
Past Continuous
I was plucking
you were plucking
he/she/it was plucking
we were plucking
you were plucking
they were plucking
Past Perfect
I had plucked
you had plucked
he/she/it had plucked
we had plucked
you had plucked
they had plucked
Future
I will pluck
you will pluck
he/she/it will pluck
we will pluck
you will pluck
they will pluck
Future Perfect
I will have plucked
you will have plucked
he/she/it will have plucked
we will have plucked
you will have plucked
they will have plucked
Future Continuous
I will be plucking
you will be plucking
he/she/it will be plucking
we will be plucking
you will be plucking
they will be plucking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been plucking
you have been plucking
he/she/it has been plucking
we have been plucking
you have been plucking
they have been plucking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been plucking
you will have been plucking
he/she/it will have been plucking
we will have been plucking
you will have been plucking
they will have been plucking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been plucking
you had been plucking
he/she/it had been plucking
we had been plucking
you had been plucking
they had been plucking
Conditional
I would pluck
you would pluck
he/she/it would pluck
we would pluck
you would pluck
they would pluck
Past Conditional
I would have plucked
you would have plucked
he/she/it would have plucked
we would have plucked
you would have plucked
they would have plucked

pluck

To remove the feathers from poultry or a game bird.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pluck - the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
fearlessness - the trait of feeling no fear
2.pluck - the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
pull, pulling - the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you; "the pull up the hill had him breathing harder"; "his strenuous pulling strained his back"
Verb1.pluck - pull or pull out sharplypluck - pull or pull out sharply; "pluck the flowers off the bush"
draw, pull, force - cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
draw off, draw away, pull off - remove by drawing or pulling; "She placed the tray down and drew off the cloth"; "draw away the cloth that is covering the cheese"
tweeze - pluck with tweezers; "tweeze facial hair"
2.pluck - sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
steal - take without the owner's consent; "Someone stole my wallet on the train"; "This author stole entire paragraphs from my dissertation"
3.pluck - rip off; ask an unreasonable price
extort, gouge, wring, rack, squeeze - obtain by coercion or intimidation; "They extorted money from the executive by threatening to reveal his past to the company boss"; "They squeezed money from the owner of the business by threatening him"
cheat, rip off, chisel - deprive somebody of something by deceit; "The con-man beat me out of $50"; "This salesman ripped us off!"; "we were cheated by their clever-sounding scheme"; "They chiseled me out of my money"
4.pluck - pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
draw, pull, force - cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
twang - pluck (strings of an instrument); "He twanged his bow"
5.pluck - strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon"
strip - remove the surface from; "strip wood"
6.pluck - look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers"
gather, pull together, collect, garner - assemble or get together; "gather some stones"; "pull your thoughts together"
mushroom - pick or gather mushrooms; "We went mushrooming in the Fall"
berry - pick or gather berries; "We went berrying in the summer"

pluck

verb
1. pull out or off, pick, draw, collect, gather, harvest I plucked a lemon from the tree.
2. tug, catch, snatch, clutch, jerk, yank, tweak, pull at He plucked the cigarette from his mouth.
3. strum, pick, finger, twang, thrum, plunk Nell was plucking a harp.
noun
1. courage, nerve, heart, spirit, bottle (Brit. slang), resolution, determination, guts (informal), balls (taboo slang), grit, bravery, backbone, mettle, boldness, spunk (informal), intrepidity, hardihood, ballsiness (taboo slang) Cynics might sneer at him but you have to admire his pluck.

pluck

verb
To remove from a fixed position:
noun
Translations
يَسْتَجْمِعُ قِواهيَسْحَب، يَشُديَقْطُف الأزْهاريَنْتِف الرّيشيَنْتِفُ الشَّعْرَ من الحَواجِب
brnkatodvahaškubattahattrhat
hiveknipsemodplukke
kiskaistakyniänäppäillänykäistäsinnikkyys
megkopasztpengetbátorságbelsőségkiszakít
gripla, plokkahugrekkiplokkaplokka; hnippareyta
išrautinupeštinuskintipešiotisukaupti visą drąsą
drosmeizplūktnoplūktparautplūkt
ošklbať
almakçekmekcesaretkoparmaktellerini çekerek çalmak

pluck

[plʌk]
A. N
1. (= tug) → tirón m
2. (= courage) → valor m, ánimo m; (= guts) → agallas fpl
it takes pluck to do thathace falta mucho valor para hacer eso
he's got plenty of plucktiene muchas agallas
I didn't have the pluck to own upno tuve el valor para confesar
B. VT [+ fruit, flower] (liter) → arrancar; [+ bird] → desplumar; [+ guitar] → pulsar, puntear
to pluck one's eyebrowsdepilarse las cejas
the helicopter plucked him from the seael helicóptero lo recogió del mar
it's an idea I've just plucked out of the aires una idea que he tenido al vuelo
he was plucked from obscurity to star in the showfue rescatado del anonimato para protagonizar el espectáculo
C. VI to pluck attirar de, dar un tirón a
to pluck at sb's sleevetirar a algn de la manga
pluck off pluck out VT + ADVarrancar con los dedos, arrancar de un tirón
pluck up VT + ADV (= summon up) to pluck up (one's) couragearmarse de valor
to pluck up the courage to do stharmarse de valor para hacer algo

pluck

[ˈplʌk]
vt
[+ fruit] → cueillir
(= pull) → arracher
They were plucked from the icy river → On les arracha aux eaux glacées.
to be plucked to safety → être mis à l'abri
to pluck out of the air [+ idea, figure, date] → lancer au juger or au jugé
[+ guitar, harp, strings] → pincer
[+ bird] → plumer
to pluck one's eyebrows → s'épiler les sourcils
ncourage m, cran m
pluck up
vt sep
to pluck up courage → prendre son courage à deux mains
to pluck up the courage to do sth → trouver le courage de faire qch
I eventually plucked up enough courage to ask her for her number → J'ai fini par trouver assez de courage pour lui demander son numéro.
pluck at
vt fus [+ sleeve, loose thread] → tirer

pluck

n
(= courage)Schneid m (inf), → Mut m
(of animal)Innereien pl
vt
fruit, flowerpflücken; chickenrupfen; guitar, eyebrowszupfen; to pluck (at) somebody’s sleevejdn am Ärmel zupfen; he plucked a stray hair off his coater zupfte sich (dat)ein Haar vom Mantel; she was plucked from obscurity to become a film starsie wurde von einer Unbekannten zum Filmstar gemacht; his rescuers had plucked him from the jaws of deathseine Retter hatten ihn den Klauen des Todes entrissen; he was plucked to safetyer wurde in Sicherheit gebracht; to pluck something out of the airetw aus der Luft greifen; to pluck up (one’s) courageall seinen Mut zusammennehmen
(also pluck out) hair, featherauszupfen; if thy right eye offend thee pluck it out (Bibl) → wenn dir dein rechtes Auge zum Ärgernis wird, so reiß es aus
vi to pluck at somethingan etw (dat)(herum)zupfen

pluck

[plʌk]
1. n (courage) → coraggio, fegato
2. vt (fruit, flower) → cogliere (also pluck out) → strappare (Mus) (strings) → pizzicare; (guitar) → pizzicare le corde di (Culin) (bird) → spennare
to pluck one's eyebrows → depilarsi le sopracciglia
to pluck up (one's) courage → farsi coraggio, armarsi di coraggio
3. vi to pluck at sb's sleevetirare qn per la manica

pluck

(plak) verb
1. to pull. She plucked a grey hair from her head; He plucked at my sleeve.
2. to pull the feathers off (a chicken etc) before cooking it.
3. to pick (flowers etc).
4. to pull hairs out of (eyebrows) in order to improve their shape.
5. to pull and let go (the strings of a musical instrument).
noun
courage He showed a lot of pluck.
ˈplucky adjective
courageous. a plucky young fellow.
ˈpluckily adverb
ˈpluckiness noun
pluck up (the) courage/energy etc
to gather up one's courage etc (to do something). She plucked up (the) courage to ask a question.
References in classic literature ?
Then she went softly out of doors, and plucking an orange from the low-hanging bough of a tree, threw it at Robert, who did not know she was awake and up.
If I could have settled down," I said to Biddy, plucking up the short grass within reach, much as I had once upon a time pulled my feelings out of my hair and kicked them into the brewery wall: "if I could have settled down and been but half as fond of the forge as I was when I was little, I know it would have been much better for me.
Then Dingaan was angry, and he would have gathered his impis and sent them against the Halakazi to destroy them, and bring him the maid, but I held him back from it, saying that now was no time to begin a new war; and it is for this cause that Dingaan hates me, he is so set upon the plucking of the Swazi Lily.
Laughter is not at all a bad beginning for a friendship, and it is far the best ending for one," said the young lord, plucking another daisy.
Sancho was taken aback at the sight of them, nor did Don Quixote altogether relish them: the one pulled up his ass by the halter, the other his hack by the bridle, and they stood still, watching anxiously to see what all this would turn out to be, and found that the lights were approaching them, and the nearer they came the greater they seemed, at which spectacle Sancho began to shake like a man dosed with mercury, and Don Quixote's hair stood on end; he, however, plucking up spirit a little, said:
Indeed, the preceding year, the royal houses of Holland, Austria, and England had concluded a treaty of alliance at the Hague, with the intention of plucking the crown of Spain from the head of Philip V, and placing it on that of an archduke to whom they prematurely gave the title of Charles III.
I felt the box of matches in my hand being gently disengaged, and other hands behind me plucking at my clothing.
He turned towards the sailor, who, during this dialogue, had sat gravely plucking the partridges with the air of a man proud of his office, and asked him how these men had landed, as no vessel of any kind was visible.
A fisherman, it is true, had noticed her little footprints in the sand, as he went homeward along the beach with a basket of fish; a rustic had seen the child stooping to gather flowers; several persons had heard either the rattling of chariot wheels, or the rumbling of distant thunder; and one old woman, while plucking vervain and catnip, had heard a scream, but supposed it to be some childish nonsense, and therefore did not take the trouble to look up.
The uninvited guest Free and easy manners Salutary jokes A prodigal son Exit of the glutton A sudden change in fortune Danger of a visit to poor relations Plucking of a prosperous man A vagabond toilet A substitute for the very fine horse Hard travelling The uninvited guest and the patriarchal colt A beggar on horseback A catastrophe Exit of the merry vagabond
Adam paused and looked at Hetty, who was plucking the leaves from the filbert-trees and tearing them up in her hand.
she exclaimed, but she raised herself on her tip-toes, and, plucking a beautiful branch of lilac, offered it to me with grace.