Pluck v. t. [imp. & p. p. Plucked p. pr. & vb. n. Plucking.]
1. To pull; to draw.
Its own nature . . . plucks on its own dissolution. --Je░. Taylor.
2. 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.
I come to pluck your berries harsh and crude. --Milton.
E'en children followed, with endearing wile,
And plucked his gown to share the good man's smile. --Goldsmith.
3. To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.
They which pass by the way do pluck her. --Ps. lxxx.░2.
4. Eng. Universities To reject at an examination for degrees.
To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.
To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; to reduce to a lower state.
to pluck off, to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin.
to pluck up. (a) To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. --Jer. xii. 17. (b) To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.
Pluck, v. i. To make a motion of pulling or twitching; -- usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.
1. The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch.
2. The heart, liver, and lights of an animal.
3. Spirit; courage; indomitable resolution; fortitude.
Decay of English spirit, decay of manly pluck. --Thackeray.
4. The act of plucking, or the state of being plucked, at college. See Pluck, v. t., 4.
5. Zool. The lyrie. [Prov. Eng.]
n 1: the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of
possible loss or injury [syn: gutsiness, pluckiness]
2: the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
v 1: pull or pull out sharply; "pluck the flowers off the bush"
[syn: tweak, pull off, pick off]
2: sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and
especially underhanded activity [syn: hustle, roll]
3: rip off; ask an unreasonable price [syn: overcharge, soak,
surcharge, gazump, fleece, plume, rob, hook]
4: pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion; "he plucked
the strings of his mandolin" [syn: plunk, pick]
5: strip of feathers; "pull a chicken"; "pluck the capon" [syn:
pull, tear, deplume, deplumate, displume]
6: look for and gather; "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers" [syn: