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pluck

verb  /plʌk/ us  

pluck verb (REMOVE)

[T] to remove something, esp. with a sudden movement: Astronauts plan to use the shuttle’s robot arm to pluck the satellite out of space. [T] If you pluck something, you remove hair or feathers from it by pulling: She plucked her eyebrows. I don’t think I could pluck a chicken.

pluck verb (PULL AT)

[I/T] to pull at something with your fingers and then release it: [T] Jenkins’s idea of swinging is plucking violins. [I] fig. Her stories are designed to pluck at your heartstrings.

pluck

noun [U]  /plʌk/ us  

pluck noun [U] (BRAVERY)

bravery and a strong desire to succeed: Her 80-plus years have not dulled her pluck.
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