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verb     pluck pronunciation in British English
/plʌk/
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present tense
I/you/we/theypluck
he/she/itplucks
present participleplucking
past tenseplucked
past participleplucked
  1. 1
    [transitive] to pull the feathers off the body of a dead bird so that it can be cooked
    1. a.
      mainly literary to pull a piece of fruit from a tree, or a flower or leaf from a plant
    2. b.
      to pull a hair from your face, head, or body using your nails or a pair of tweezers

      I plucked a grey hair from my head.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] music to pull the strings of a musical instrument with your fingers in order to produce a sound
  3. 3
    [transitive] to pick up something quickly with your fingers
  4. 4
    [transitive] to take someone quickly from a particular place or situation

    Ships in the area plucked 45 people from the sea.

    pluck someone to safety:

    Rescue crews plucked them to safety.

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