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pluck from

1. To grasp something with one's fingers or a grasping instrument and pull or tug it forcibly and abruptly off, out of, or away from something else. A noun or pronoun is used between "pluck" and "from." He reached over and plucked the badge from her jacket. I sat plucking cactus spines from my foot with tweezers.
2. To remove someone from some undesirable state or place in order to elevate them to a better position or status. A noun or pronoun is used between "pluck" and "from." The famous director plucked the young woman from obscurity and made her a worldwide star almost overnight. The child barely had enough to eat each day until he was plucked from the streets by a wealthy benefactor.
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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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Might flying taxis one day pluck us from our front gardens and delicately plop us down outside the cinema or our favorite restaurant?
Screaming winds tried to pluck us from the ramparts of a Crusader castle, and we dived into ancient churches, admiring mosaic animals and maps of a smaller world, and desperately grateful for shelter.
But at least we do not have to be concerned about whether the Government has enough resources available to provide helicopters to pluck us from the side of a dangerous mountain side where our homes once stood.
He finally suggests that since by faith Christians hold that it is simply by his power that God "made, and makes, the universe" (162), we can believe that he will mercifully pluck us from total death.