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Definitions of pluck

  1. look for and gather; " pick mushrooms"; " pick flowers"
  2. rip off; ask an unreasonable price
  3. the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
  4. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and esp. underhanded activity
  5. pull or pull out sharply; " pluck the flowers off the bush"
  6. the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
  7. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion, as of guitar strings; " he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
  8. pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; " he plucked the strings of his mandolin"
  9. sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
  10. To pull; to draw.
  11. Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes.
  12. To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.
  13. To reject at an examination for degrees.
  14. The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
  15. The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
  16. Spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude.
  17. The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4.
  18. The lyrie.
  19. To make a motion of pulling or twitching; - usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
  20. To pull off, out, or up; as, to pluck weeds; pick or gather, as to pluck grapes; to pull or twitch; as, to pluck the strings of a banjo; to strip completely, as of feathers.
  21. To give a sudden pull; to tug.
  22. A pull; a snatch; a tug; the heart, liver, and lungs of an animal; colloquially, spirit or courage; as, a man of pluck.
  23. To pull away: to snatch: to strip.
  24. A single act of plucking.
  25. The heart, liver, and lungs of an animal, perh. so called because plucked out after it is killed: hence heart, courage, spirit.
  26. Heart, liver, and lungs of an animal.
  27. To pull; snatch.
  28. Courage; intrepidity.
  29. To jerk up or out; pull; twitch; pick.
  30. To strip completely.
  31. The heart, liver, and lungs of an animal.
  32. A twitch.
  33. The heart, liver, and lights of an animal; courage; spirit.
  34. To pull with sudden force, or with a twitch; to strip by plucking.
  35. To pull with sudden force; to pull off, out, or up; to snatch.
  36. The heart, liver, and lights of an animal; courage.

Usage examples for pluck

  1. Listen, now, please," " 'My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me: and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. – Opportunities by Susan Warner
  2. Why didn't he show a little pluck? – Wonderful Adventures of Mrs. Seacole in Many Lands by Mary Seacole Commentator: W. H. Russell
  3. To use his own words, he had pluck enough for anything. – A Hero of Romance by Richard Marsh
  4. The will to get on, and plenty of pluck. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  5. " Pericles, have you got pluck now? – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  6. My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all, and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand. – The One Great Reality by Louisa Clayton
  7. I lacked the pluck to face the situation. – Kent Knowles: Quahaug by Joseph C. Lincoln
  8. By- and- by seven were gone, and as he had only one pluck left he called out: Enough, enough! – Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before by George Turner
  9. " Aim low, men, aim low," said Ladell, who, as we have said, though not a very experienced officer, was coolness and pluck itself. – Harley Greenoak's Charge by Bertram Mitford
  10. He was saying to himself: " Pluck indeed!" – The Roll-Call by Arnold Bennett
  11. There's pluck for you, boys! – The Huntress by Hulbert Footner
  12. Raymond had plenty of pluck and did not lack for a heart, so far as Waldron knew. – The Spinners by Eden Phillpotts
  13. We'll call it even and I'll never doubt your pluck again. – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond
  14. The one party did all that valiant men were able to guard their captive in their midst, and the other to pluck their captain from amongst them. – Arthurian Chronicles: Roman de Brut by Wace
  15. But he had held his own like a man, and of his pluck there could be no question at all; and I own that he had gone up very considerably in my estimation since the time of our earlier acquaintance. – A Frontier Mystery by Bertram Mitford
  16. Only I may pluck them. – The Golden Fleece and the Heroes who Lived Before Achilles by Padraic Colum
  17. Both Kenton and Oncle Jazon were enthusiastic; they wanted nothing better than an opportunity to aid in rescuing any girl who had shown so much patriotism and pluck. – Alice of Old Vincennes by Maurice Thompson
  18. Milk for Norah, bones for Bim, meat for Donald Brown- and a prayer for pluck and patience for us all! – The Brown Study by Grace S. Richmond
  19. Oh, Charlotte, it seems terrible to me that I should mar through anguish the best hours of my life, the blissful moments of meeting with you, for whom I would pluck every hair from my head if it would make you happy. – Old Fritz and the New Era by Louise Muhlbach
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