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pluck / plək/ • v. [tr.] take hold of (something) and quickly remove it from its place; pick: she plucked a blade of grass he plucked a tape from the shelf. ∎  catch hold of and pull quickly: she plucked his sleeve | [intr.] brambles plucked at her jeans. ∎  quickly or suddenly remove someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation: the baby was plucked from a grim foster home. ∎  pull the feathers from (a bird's carcass) to prepare it for cooking. ∎  pull some of the hairs from (one's eyebrows) to make them look neater. ∎  sound (a musical instrument or its strings) with one's finger or a plectrum. ∎  select for a move to a new job or position: many managers were plucked from the company's overseas operations. • n. spirited and determined courage; guts. ∎  the heart, liver, and lungs of an animal as food. PHRASAL VERBS: pluck up couragesee courage.DERIVATIVES: pluck·er n. [usu. in comb.] a goose-plucker.

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A. pull off, draw forcibly XIV;

B. reject (a candidate) in an examination XVIII. Late OE. ploccian, pluccian, corr. to MLG. plucken, MDu. plocken, ON. plokka, plukka :- Gmc. *plukkōn, *-ōjan, a parallel form with mutation *plukkjan being repr. by OE. *plyċċan (ME. plicchen), (M)Du. plukken, (M)HG. pflücken; prob. all to be referred to Rom. *piluccāre, whence OF. peluchier, etc., obscurely f. L. pīlus hair, PILE3. The origin of sense B is obscure.
Hence pluck sb. act of plucking XV; heart, liver, and lungs of a beast, as being ‘plucked’ out of the carcass XVII; (orig. pugilistic slang) ‘heart’, courage, ‘guts’; cf pluck up heart, etc. XVIII.

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of shawmers: a company of shawm playersBk. of St. Albans, 1486; (a shawm is a medieval stringed musical instrument).

Examples : shawmer, a player of the shawm, 1505; a flourish of shawms, 1641.

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pluck spirited and determined courage; recorded as a term in boxing from the 18th century, and deriving from the literal sense of the word ‘the heart, liver, and lungs of an animal’.

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pluck Butchers' term for heart, liver, and lungs of an animal.

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pluckbuck, Canuck, chuck, cluck, cruck, duck, fuck, luck, muck, pluck, puck, ruck, schmuck, shuck, struck, stuck, suck, truck, tuck, upchuck, yuck •blackbuck • reedbuck • sawbuck •roebuck • bushbuck • megabuck •woodchuck • shelduck • Habakkuk •stagestruck • awestruck • moonstruck •dumbstruck • thunderstruck

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