Crossword clues for pluck
- Pull strings
- The trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury
- The act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
- Alger hero's trait
- Gritty quality
- Courage - play a harp
- Pull lightly but sharply
- Prince needing good fortune and courage
- True grit
- Play, as a ukulele
- Remove feathers
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1400, "act of plucking," from pluck (v.). Meaning "courage, boldness" (1785), originally in pugilism slang, is a figurative use from earlier meaning "heart, viscera" (1610s) as that which is "plucked" from slaughtered livestock. Perhaps influenced by figurative use of the verb in pluck up (one's courage, etc.), attested from c.1300.
late Old English ploccian, pluccian "pull off, cull," from West Germanic *plokken (cognates: Middle Low German plucken, Middle Dutch plocken, Dutch plukken, Flemish plokken, German pflücken), perhaps from Vulgar Latin *piluccare (source of Old French peluchier, late 12c.; Italian piluccare), a frequentative, ultimately from Latin pilare "pull out hair," from pilus "hair" (see pile (n.3)). But despite the similarities, OED finds difficulties with this and cites gaps in historical evidence. Related: Plucked; plucking.\n To pluck a rose, an expression said to be used by women for going to the necessary house, which in the country usually stands in the garden. [F. Grose, "Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue," 1785]This euphemistic use is attested from 1610s. To pluck up "summon up" is from c.1300.
n. 1 An instance of plucking 2 The lungs, heart with trachea and often oesophagus removed from slaughtered animals. 3 Guts, nerve, fortitude or persistence. vb. 1 (lb en transitive) To pull something sharply; to pull something out 2 (lb en transitive music) To gently play a single string, e.g. on a guitar, violin etc. 3 (lb en transitive) To remove feathers from a bird. 4 (lb en transitive) To rob, fleece, steal forcibly 5 (lb en transitive) To play a string instrument pizzicato 6 (lb en intransitive) To pull or twitch sharply. 7 (lb en UK universities) To reject at an examination for degrees.
the act of pulling and releasing a taut cord
Pluck is a trick-taking playing card game for four players (two teams of two). The game is played similar to Spades and Hearts. A standard deck of playing cards is dealt out (excluding jokers) evenly among the players. The objective is to get ten points (called plucks) before the other team.
Pluck, also known as pluck-cms, is an open source content management system, written in the PHP scripting language. It allows for webpage creation for users with little or no programming experience, and, unlike most content management systems, does not use a database to store its data. Pluck also includes a module system, which allows developers to integrate custom functionality into the system.
Pluck was an American Internet company based in Austin, Texas, that ran a website since 2005 that offered an RSS reader. The company was acquired by Demand Media on March 3, 2008 for US$75 million in cash.
Usage examples of "pluck".
She tried to ignore the dizzying perspective plucking at her peripheral vision over the low sides of the pod and concentrated instead on the stress and acceleration vectors graphically represented on her screen.
Without care or consideration of ahimsa, Danlo reached up to the lowest branch of the tree above the bench, and he plucked off a single leaf.
With a deft movement, she plucked the skirt off Alise and slid it back on, dropping it down over her head.
But to beings like the Ambassadress the occasional parasite plucked from their own plumage is like a salted peanut is to us.
Her mother was spinning, her aunt Amice plucked flower petals for a perfume, and her aunt Felice played her harp.
Jane reached around Amy to pluck a locket on a blue ribbon off the dressing table.
She gave her full attention to the Araba handsome, dark-skinned man with a full mustache but a hairless chin, which he plucked meticulously every evening, to the wincing fascination of her men.
It was as if I had been plucked from an almost paradisial world and dropped into an alternative universe where much was the same, but everything was tinged by horror and nightmare.
She could not sit like a duck on a pond all night, so Ava carefully began to persuade Lady Purnam to have her new barouche plucked from the stream of carriages outside to drive Ava home.
After a minute or so of such foolery, Miles plucked the four axolotls out and handed them to Dooly, who was rather at a loss over what to do with them.
These and sundry other sins having duly been confessed, the badger bade the fox chastise himself with a switch plucked from the hedge, lay it down in the road, jump over it thrice, and then meekly kiss that rod in token of obedience.
I would have plucked the fruit, she clasped me to her arms, crossed her legs, and began to weep bitterly.
She plucked her tiny microphone off her bikini top and tossed it into the swimming pool.
Charlie Weller, who was allowed to bivouac with the veterans because they liked him, plucked a head of soaking wet rye and shook his head sadly.
Renunciates are either plucked chickens who cannot make up their minds, or bossy roosters in skirts.