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pluck off

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.
See also: off, pluck

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
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You could pluck them off, one by one like flower petals.
Likewise check lilies for the scarlet lily beetle - again, just pluck them off.
Likewise check lilies for As you the scarlet lily beetle - again, just pluck them off.
Or maybe they pluck them off, ifice black strawberries to be thrown into red biohazard bags and burnt with all the other orphaned limbs.
* If bugs or leaves land on the wet spray, pluck them off immediately with a pair of tweezers.
Sellers will pluck them off the trees and let you try a slice before you pay.
I tried to joke about my freckles, and would always tell people that I could pluck them off at night and stash my freckles inside a box.
The little battlers take one blink and belt for the ocean to escape the marauding birds and other predators waiting to pluck them off.
Sometimes the "petals" are a rather insipid pink--simply pluck them off and use the spiny cone fresh or dried.
Pluck them off plants and drop them into a pail of water with a squirt of dish detergent in it.
They would then pluck them off and sell them to doctors.