pluck Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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"pluck" in British English

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pluckverb

uk   us   /plʌk/

pluck verb (REMOVE)

[T] to ​pull something, ​especially with a ​suddenmovement, in ​order to ​remove it: Caged ​birds sometimes pluck outtheirbreastfeathers. 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 ​bettershape)? [T] to ​remove the ​feathers from a ​chicken or other ​bird so that it can be ​cooked and ​eaten [T usually passive] to ​remove someone ​suddenly from a ​situation that is ​ordinary: He was plucked from obscurity to ​star in the ​film. [T] to ​remove someone ​quickly from a ​dangerous or ​difficultsituation: The last ​passengers were plucked from the ​ship just ​seconds before it ​sank. [T] Indian English to ​collectflowers by ​breaking or ​cuttingtheirstems; pick

pluck verb (MUSIC)

[I or T] (US also pick) to ​pull and then ​release the ​strings of a ​musicalinstrument with ​yourfinger to ​playnotes: He ​sat on the ​bed, ​idly plucking (at) the ​strings of his ​guitar.
Phrasal verbs

plucknoun [U]

uk   us   /plʌk/ informal
courage and a ​strongwish to ​succeed: She showed a lot of pluck in ​standing up to her ​boss.
(Definition of pluck from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pluckverb

 us   /plʌk/

pluck verb (REMOVE)

[T] to ​remove something, esp. with a ​suddenmovement: Astronauts ​plan to use the shuttle’s ​robotarm to pluck the ​satellite out of ​space. [T] If you pluck something, you ​removehair 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 ​yourfingers and then ​release it: [T] Jenkins’s ​idea of ​swinging is plucking ​violins. [I] fig. Her ​stories are ​designed to pluck at ​your heartstrings.

plucknoun [U]

 us   /plʌk/

pluck noun [U] (BRAVERY)

bravery and a ​strongdesire to ​succeed: Her 80-plus ​years have not ​dulled her pluck.
(Definition of pluck from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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