1. To grasp and remove something with one's fingers or a grasping instrument in an abrupt, forcible tug or pull. A noun or pronoun can be used between "pluck" and "off." I wanted my suit to look pristine, so I took a pair of tweezers and plucked off every little hair and bit of lint I could find. I went over the rose bush and plucked a flower off to give to Sarah.
2. To grasp something with one's fingers or a grasping instrument and pull or tug it forcibly and abruptly off of something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "pluck" and "from." He reached over and plucked the badge off her jacket. She plucked leaves off the trees to use in her diorama.
3. To remove someone from some undesirable place in order to elevate them to a better position or status. A noun or pronoun is used between "pluck" and "off." The child barely had enough to eat each day until he was plucked off the streets by a wealthy benefactor. The presidential pardon plucked the felon off of death row at the last moment.
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pluck something off (of) someone or somethingand 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.
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