to pluck off

to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin.

See also: Pluck

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
'Grieved as I was over the theft, I did not punish the gardener, of whose fidelity I was well assured, but I determined to pluck off all the fruit in the following year before it was ripe, as I had not much belief in the magician's warning.
Don't fall into the temptation to pluck off some bonus advance, however tempting the idea seems.
There's a second option NASA is considering: Sending a spacecraft to a much larger asteroid, using a claw to pluck off a boulder that's less than 30 feet and taking it near to the moon.
The motivation to play for that shirt is complete right now, but unlikely to last long as Europe's big spenders circle to pluck off their best players and possibly Simeone himself.
"There was not a bit of flesh to pluck off him, just bones and carcass.
Unlike the recruits, microbes are too small to pluck off. So after Beaulieu was finished, the squares were frozen for subsequent studies to identify organisms by their DNA.
Looking at the long-term, it would have been better to pluck off the flowers before they opened, thus redirecting the energy flow to root growth.