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English definition of “pluck sth out of the air”

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pluck sth out of the air

to say something quickly, usually because a reply is expected, without having thought about it or made certain it is correct: "Where did you get those figures from?" "Oh, I just plucked them out of the air."
Translations of “pluck sth out of the air”
in Chinese (Traditional) 隨口說出…
in Chinese (Simplified) 随口说出…
(Definition of pluck sth out of the air from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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