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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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Plucking someone from such a low level is a romantic choice, but that need not necessarily make it a bad one.
Injured and trapped in a collapsing burning building after plucking someone from danger, Baltimore fireman Jack Morrison (Joaquin Phoenix) flashes back over his life while Mike Kennedy (John Travolta), his Fire Chief mentor, oversees the rescue attempts.
Well, it's always a gamble plucking someone from the junior ranks and I'm still not sure about his penchant for wearing a baseball cap with a collar and tie.
But that's similar to plucking someone from, say, the Kalahari Desert and taking them to Manhattan to study how people live in the Kalahari Desert.