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pluckverb

us   /plʌk/
  • 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.

plucknoun [U]

us   /plʌk/
  • pluck noun [U] (BRAVERY)

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

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pluckverb

uk   /plʌk/ us   /plʌk/
  • pluck verb (REMOVE)

[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)?
[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 difficult situation: The last passengers were plucked from the ship just seconds before it sank.
[T] Indian English to collect flowers by breaking or cutting their stems; pick
Phrasal verbs

plucknoun [U]

uk   /plʌk/ us   /plʌk/ informal
(Definition of pluck from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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