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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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Looking upstream, he quickly realized a drift boater had plucked someone from the river and several people in the boat were attempting CPR on the victim.
I watched it for five minutes the other night and couldn't believe it as they plucked someone from the audience, put them on the stage and asked the rest of the audience to decide whether they thought the person was a `babe' or a `minger'.