pluck

To pluck is to pick or pull a single item out of many, like a flower or a hair. As a noun, pluck is energy or enthusiasm, even when things are looking grim.

Don't pluck only the best cherries off the tree: that's cherry-picking! Before you cook a goose, you need to pluck its feathers. If it looks like your goose is cooked, however, then show some pluck, and figure out a way to save yourself. Some characters who are famous for showing pluck include the Artful Dodger, Little Orphan Annie, and Benji the dog. They all kept their chins up and kept on trying, even when things looked really dark.

Primary Meanings of pluck

1.
vn
pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
2.
n
the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
3.
v
rip off; ask an unreasonable price
Full Definitions of pluck
1

v pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion

“he plucked the strings of his mandolin”
Synonyms:
pick, plunk
Types:
twang
pluck (strings of an instrument)
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v pull or pull out sharply

pluck the flowers off the bush”
Synonyms:
pick off, pull off, tweak
draw away, draw off, pull off
remove by drawing or pulling
Types:
tweeze
pluck with tweezers
Type of:
draw, force, pull
cause to move by pulling

v strip of feathers

pluck the capon”
Synonyms:
deplumate, deplume, displume, pull, tear
Type of:
strip
remove the surface from

v look for and gather

Synonyms:
cull, pick
Types:
mushroom
pick or gather mushrooms
berry
pick or gather berries
blackberry
pick or gather blackberries
Type of:
collect, garner, gather, pull together
assemble or get together

n the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord

Type of:
pull, pulling
the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
2

n the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury

Synonyms:
gutsiness, pluckiness
Antonyms:
gutlessness
the trait of lacking courage and determination; fearful of loss or injury
Type of:
fearlessness
the trait of feeling no fear
3

v rip off; ask an unreasonable price

Synonyms:
fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
Antonyms:
undercharge
charge (someone) too little money
Types:
extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
obtain by coercion or intimidation
bleed
get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
Type of:
cheat, chisel, rip off
deprive somebody of something by deceit

v sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity

Synonyms:
hustle, roll
Type of:
steal
take without the owner's consent

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