- To remove or detach by grasping and pulling abruptly with the fingers; pick: pluck a flower; pluck feathers from a chicken. (verb-transitive)
- To pull out the hair or feathers of: pluck a chicken. (verb-transitive)
- To remove abruptly or forcibly: plucked the child from school in midterm. (verb-transitive)
- To give an abrupt pull to; tug at: pluck a sleeve. (verb-transitive)
- Music To sound (the strings of an instrument) by pulling and releasing them with the fingers or a plectrum. (verb-transitive)
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