(A). One fleeced out of his money; one plucked by a rook
“There were no smart fellows whom fortune had troubled, ... no
plucked pigeons or winged rooks, no disappointed speculators, no ruined
miners.” —Sir W. Scott: Peveril of the Peak, c.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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