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vb. To pull; to draw. Especially, to pull with sudden force or effort, or to pull off or out from something, with a twitch; to twitch; also, to gather, to pick; as, to pluck feathers from a fowl; to pluck hair or wool from a skin; to pluck grapes. To strip of, or as of, feathers; as, to pluck a fowl.

 - (Eng. Universities) To reject at an examination for degrees. To pluck away, to pull away, or to separate by pulling; to tear away.

 - To pluck down, to pull down; to demolish; to reduce to a lower state. - to pluck off, to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin. - to pluck up. (a) To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation. (b) To gather up; to summon; as, to pluck up courage.

 - vb. To make a motion of pulling or twitching; - usually with at; as, to pluck at one's gown.

 - n. The act of plucking; a pull; a twitch. ...

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