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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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Golden retriever Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner) is plucked from his litter by petrol-head Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia).
At least 96 people were plucked from a passenger boat that suffered mechanical problem in the high seas off Mataha Island in Basilan on Tuesday, the Philippine Coast Guard reported on Wednesday.
Smith: Would you giggle if the grapes you plucked from the bunch were sour?
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MIKE ASHLEY wants pounds 100million for Newcastle, which sounds like a figure plucked from thin air - just like most of his recent managers.
Summary: Twelve dancers, plucked from obscurity to join Michael Jackson on stage in London, say they are very lucky.
Is a Vatican official plucked from San Francisco a hopeful sign?
It was fresh funding plucked from the ether and one which had Kenwright receiving pats rather than knives in the back on Saturday afternoon.
A police spokesman said: "It is no exaggeration to state that the young girl was plucked from the water within minutes of drowning as a result of exhaustion and hypothermia."
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.
Hastings Nyirenda, principal research officer with TRF(CA), stressed that the most appropriate clones were those with a horizontal leaf pose since larger quantities of maintenance leaf would be plucked from those with erect or semi-erect leaves.
THREE osprey chicks had their first contact with humans yesterday when they were plucked from their nest to be ringed.
become the song of the race," but the "plum" that the "son" eats alludes to the apple plucked from the Tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden; once eaten, the "son" enters history, and can only know good and evil, as Milton says, "as two twins cleaving together." Terror and beauty don't exist "side by side" in Cane, as Griffin insists.