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Topic: MUSIC

Language: Old English
Origin: pluccian

pluck

1 verb
     
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1

pull something

[transitive] written to pull something quickly in order to remove it
pluck something from/off etc something
He plucked a couple of plastic bags from the roll.
Reaching up, she plucked an apple off the tree.
2

pluck your eyebrows

to make your eyebrows the shape you want, by pulling out some of the hairs
3

take somebody/something away

[transitive always + adverb/preposition] to take someone away from a place or situation that is dangerous or unpleasant in a quick and unexpected way
pluck somebody/something from/out of something
Some refugee children were plucked out of the country in a number of mercy missions.
She was plucked from obscurity (=made suddenly famous) by a Hollywood film producer.
Three survivors were plucked to safety after being in the sea for 7 hours.
4

chicken

[transitive]DFC to pull the feathers off a dead chicken or other bird before cooking it
5

pluck up (the) courage (to do something)

to force yourself to be brave and do something you are afraid of doing:
He finally plucked up enough courage to ask her out.
6

music

[intransitive and transitive]APM to pull the strings of a musical instrument
pluck at
Someone was plucking at the strings of an old guitar.
7

pluck something out of the air

also

pluck something out of thin air

to say or suggest a number, name etc that you have just thought of, without thinking about it carefully:
I'm plucking a figure out of the air here, but let's say it'll cost about $15,000.

pluck at something

phrasal verb
to pull something quickly several times with your fingers, especially because you are nervous or to attract attention:
Kitty's hands plucked at her black cotton skirt.
The little boy plucked at her sleeve.
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