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pluck

verb (REMOVE)    /plʌk/
[T] to pull something, especially with a sudden movement, in order to remove it: Caged birds sometimes pluck out their breast feathers. He plucked the letter from/out of my hand, and ran off with it. Do you pluck your eyebrows (= remove some of the hairs from them to give them a better shape)?PullingRemoving and extracting [T] to remove the feathers from a chicken or other bird so that it can be cooked and eatenPreparing animals and fish for cooking [T usually passive] to remove someone suddenly from a situation that is ordinary: He was plucked from obscurity to star in the film.Preserving and savingDefending and protecting [T] to remove someone quickly from a dangerous or difficult situation: The last passengers were plucked from the ship just seconds before it sank.Preserving and savingDefending and protecting [T] Indian English to collect flowers by breaking or cutting their stems; pick
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