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a lot of pluck

Courage, nerves, determination, or resolve, especially in the face of adversity or hardship. You've got a lot of pluck, kid, standing up to a big brute like that.
See also: lot, of, pluck

a crow to pluck

An issue to discuss—typically one that is a source of annoyance for the speaker. Hey, I have a crow to pluck with you! Why didn't you put gas in my car after you borrowed it?
See also: crow, pluck

Mother Carey is plucking her chickens

It is snowing. This phrase alludes to "Mother Carey's chickens," which is what sailors call birds they believe are indicative of poor weather. Bundle up, men—Mother Carey is plucking her chickens, so we're in for another rough day on the trail.
See also: Carey, chicken, mother, pluck

get enough nerve up (to do something)

 and get enough courage up (to do something); get enough guts up (to do something); get enough pluck up (to do something); get enough spunk up (to do something); get the nerve up (to do something); get the courage up (to do something); get the guts up (to do something); get the pluck up (to do something); get the spunk up (to do something)
Fig. to work up enough courage to do something. I hope I can get enough nerve up to ask her for her autograph. I wanted to do it, but I couldn't get up enough nerve. I thought he would never get up the courage to ask me for a date.
See also: enough, get, nerve, up

pluck at someone or something

to pull or pick at someone or something. Kelly plucked at Ed, picking off the burrs that had caught on his clothing. Kelly plucked at the strings of the guitar.
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pluck something from someone or something

to pick, grab, or snatch something from someone. Sally plucked a chocolate from the box and popped it into her mouth. He stooped over and plucked a rose from the bush.
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pluck something off (of) someone or something

 and pluck something off
to pick something off someone or something. (Of is usually retained before pronouns.) She plucked the mosquito off his back before it could bite him. She plucked off the bud.
See also: off, pluck

pluck something out of something and pluck something out

to snatch something out of something. She plucked the coin out of his hand and put it in her pocket. Reaching into the fountain, Jane plucked out the coin.
See also: of, out, pluck

pluck up someone's courage

to bolster someone's, including one's own, courage. I hope you are able to pluck up your courage so that you can do what has to be done. Some good advice from a friend helped pluck up my courage.
See also: courage, pluck, up

pluck something out of the air

if you pluck a number out of the air, you say any number and not one that is the result of careful calculation That figure of eighty thousand pounds isn't something we've just plucked out of the air. We've done a detailed costing of the project.
See also: air, of, out, pluck

pluck up one's courage

Also, screw up one's courage. Force oneself to overcome fear or timidity, as in He was really afraid of slipping on the ice, but he plucked up his courage and ventured down the driveway , or I screwed up my courage and dove off the high board. The first term uses pluck in the sense of "make a forcible effort"; Shakespeare put it as "Pluck up thy spirits" ( The Taming of the Shrew, 4:3). The variant derives from the use of screw to mean "force or strain by means of a screw."
See also: courage, pluck, up

pluck

and plug
n. wine; cheap wine. (Originally black.) He buys pluck by the box, yes the box! You spilled your plug all over my car seat!
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Students reply in unison that they've plucked a flower.
The next goose was partially plucked, but missing a leg and had a series of deep gashes in the breast meat.
The Whisperer was present at a social event at one of the country's leading five-star hotels where tickets to a number of destinations were being plucked out in a raffle draw sponsored by an airline.
There should be a Premier League snookerstyle pluck-clock, allowing only three seconds after the final dart hits the board for all darts to be plucked.
The software can be used for all plucked string instruments and instrument tuning.
Animal charity PETA slammed the 23-year-old singing sensation for her pale green top, designed by British designer Antonio Berardi, claiming that it comes from ostriches whose feathers are plucked while they are still alive.
LIVE birds are being cruelly plucked to make goosedown bedding and jackets sold in shops across Britain.
Summary: Twelve dancers, plucked from obscurity to join Michael Jackson on stage in London, say they are very lucky.
Recent TV documentaries shown in Sweden and Germany have revealed that millions of birds are being plucked alive each year to obtain goose down and feathers for use in duvets and padded jackets.
More than 130 fisherman stranded for up to four hours on a miles-wide ice floe that broke away from Lake Erie's shoreline were plucked to safety.
For plants that survived, he plucked off leaves burned by the cold.
All I've ever plucked have been eyebrows, but the principle must be the same except you use fingers instead of tweezers and pull in the direction they grow.
Not one fly or yellow jacket came to bug me, which would normally have me in fits by the time I plucked three birds.
He quickly noticed the bags filled with orchids, which had been plucked from his park by the lanky guy now standing near a flatbed truck.