plucked; plucking; plucks

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.

Definitions of pluck
  1. verb
    pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
    “he plucked the strings of his mandolin”
    synonyms: pick, plunk
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    pluck (strings of an instrument)
    type of:
    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
  2. verb
    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
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    pluck with tweezers
    type of:
    draw, force, pull
    cause to move by pulling
  3. verb
    strip of feathers
    pluck the capon”
    synonyms: deplumate, deplume, displume, pull, tear
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    type of:
    remove the surface from
  4. verb
    look for and gather
    synonyms: cull, pick
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    pick or gather mushrooms
    pick or gather berries
    pick or gather blackberries
    type of:
    collect, garner, gather, pull together
    assemble or get together
  5. noun
    the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
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    type of:
    pull, pulling
    the act of pulling; applying force to move something toward or with you
  6. noun
    the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
    synonyms: gutsiness, pluckiness
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    the trait of lacking courage and determination; fearful of loss or injury
    type of:
    the trait of feeling no fear
  7. verb
    rip off; ask an unreasonable price
    synonyms: fleece, gazump, hook, overcharge, plume, rob, soak, surcharge
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    charge (someone) too little money
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    type of:
    cheat, chisel, rip off
    deprive somebody of something by deceit
  8. verb
    sell something to or obtain something from by energetic and especially underhanded activity
    synonyms: hustle, roll
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    type of:
    take without the owner's consent
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