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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

pluck (Something) out of the/thin air

To say or produce something haphazardly or at random, rather than through careful consideration or calculation. Look, this legislation hasn't been plucked out of thin air. We've spent months crafting the bill to best serve all of our citizens. Her ability to ad lib is so remarkable that it's hard to believe she's plucking these jokes out of the air.
See also: air, of, out, pluck, thin

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 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 something from the air

If someone plucks a figure from the air, they say it without considering it carefully or using correct information. There seems little point in trying to keep statistics when figures are plucked from the air in order to support any given claim. Note: You can also say that someone plucks a figure out of the air or plucks a figure out of thin air. So few buildings are coming to market that accurate valuations are becoming almost impossible to make. Numbers are simply being plucked out of the air. The figure of 40% was not plucked out of thin air. Note: Verbs such as pull or pick can be used instead of pluck. She pulled a figure out of the air, an amount she thought would cover several months' rent on an office.
See also: air, pluck, something

pluck a rose

(especially of a woman) urinate. dated euphemistic
See also: pluck, rose

pluck/screw/summon up (your/the) ˈcourage (to do something)

force yourself to be brave enough to do something: I had liked her for a long time, and eventually I plucked up the courage to ask her out.I finally screwed up my courage and went to the dentist.
See also: courage, pluck, screw, summon, up

pluck something out of the ˈair

say a name, number, etc. without thinking about it, especially in answer to a question: I just plucked a figure out of the air and said: ‘Would £1 000 seem reasonable to you?’
See also: air, of, out, pluck, something

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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Smith: After the seeds grow into flowers, you can pluck the flowers and give them to someone.
Sam and Luke both indicated some knowledge of the word pluck by providing a context for the word.
Below is an example of how she drew from Sam's funds of knowledge to provide another useful and concrete case for the word pluck.
If they are something that can be plucked, say pluck.
Smith uses the target word, pluck, as well as two words that had been introduced in prior lessons, giggle and enter.
2 The series is consistent with an initial and three later downward major plucks.
Nonetheless, comparison of Figure 4 with Figure 2 suggests that downward plucks in money generally correspond to downward plucks in real output; and with Figure 3, that both downward and upward plucks in money generally correspond to both downward and upward plucks in nominal income.
All in all, therefore, the evidence for the past quarter century supports the view that the "plucking model" is a useful way to interpret business fluctuations, though in itself it does not explain the source of the plucks.
He believes a little shaping pluck can't possibly hurt.
For students who have spent most of their college careers in the dance studios of NCSA, the Pluck Project, "de-mystifies the process of production," says Toia.
Gabriela Camacho, assistant director of NCSA's Office of Alumni and Career Services, says, "The most significant and repetitive challenge each Pluck group faces is learning how to work as a group, everyone sharing the same amount of work and responsibility, learning to work together.
Pluck 2006 took place in the 255-seat Alley Citigroup Theater.
The Pluck Project students, too, have experienced a similar delight in their own power.