Meaning of pluck

pluck

Pronunciation: (pluk), [key]
— v.t.
  1. to pull off or out from the place of growth, as fruit, flowers, feathers, etc.: to pluck feathers from a chicken.
  2. to give a pull at; grasp: to pluck someone's sleeve.
  3. to pull with sudden force or with a jerk.
  4. to pull or move by force (often fol. by away, off, or out).
  5. to remove the feathers, hair, etc., from by pulling: to pluck a chicken.
  6. to rob, plunder, or fleece.
  7. to sound (the strings of a musical instrument) by pulling at them with the fingers or a plectrum.
—v.i.
  1. to pull or tug sharply (often fol. by at).
  2. to snatch (often fol. by at).
  3. He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
    1. to eradicate; uproot.
    2. to summon up one's courage; rouse one's spirits:He always plucked up at the approach of danger. She was a stranger in the town, but, plucking up her courage, she soon made friends.
—n.
  1. act of plucking; a tug.
  2. the heart, liver, and lungs, esp. of an animal used for food.
  3. courage or resolution in the face of difficulties.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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