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.