to pluck off

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • to pluck off to pull or tear off; as, to pluck off the skin.
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Usage

In literature:

King Olaf took a falcon that belonged to Astrid, plucked off all its feathers, and then sent it to her.
"Heimskringla" by Snorri Sturlason
Feeling his sleeve plucked feebly from behind, he broke off these meditations, to turn round with a savage oath.
"M. or N. "Similia similibus curantur."" by G.J. Whyte-Melville
One of the natives cut it off, and still it clung to my bloodless skin until I plucked it away.
"White Shadows in the South Seas" by Frederick O'Brien
Unyoking the steeds to their case, pluck off their arrows, O Madhava!
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 2"
I will pluck off his feathers that he may feel the scorching heat of the sun as his carelessness has caused me to do.
"The Curious Book of Birds" by Abbie Farwell Brown
I began to pluck off my clothes.
"The Adventures of Harry Revel" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
Having no more inclination to fly, they pluck off their wings and may be seen running about wingless.
"Our Common Insects" by Alpheus Spring Packard
He went to his tent, and plucked at it, broke it off; was operated upon; would not keep quiet.
"Hugh, Bishop of Lincoln" by Charles L. Marson
Why should you pluck off all your beautiful feathers to make a nest for his conceit?
"The Return of the Prodigal" by May Sinclair
They haven't the pluck to take us, and we haven't the numbers or the strength to beat them off.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
But every man I was destined to meet plucked off a twig of my virtue.
"The Song of Songs" by Hermann Sudermann
What do's your Worship mean, To pluck your grave and thrifty habit off.
"Beaumont & Fletcher's Works (8 of 10)" by Francis Beaumont
If God has the power to pluck off crowns, has He not also the power to restore them?
"The Thousand and One Days" by Julia Pardoe
Do we think it a cruel thing to cut off a man's hand, and a small matter to pluck out the eyes of cities?
"Arguments Of Celsus, Porphyry, And The Emperor Julian, Against The Christians" by Thomas Taylor
The ape reached the fruit, and for a long time plucked at it and shook it, but was unable to break it off.
"The Slaves of the Padishah" by Mór Jókai
I ought to have been the one to have had my eye plucked out or my hand plucked off.
"The Independence Day Horror at Killsbury" by Asenath Carver Coolidge
Observe that the vines are not tied to clumsy, stiff stakes; nor are the leaves plucked off in part, to prevent mildew.
"A Breeze from the Woods, 2nd Ed." by William Chauncey Bartlett
To pluck off expeditiously; applied to dress.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
In reply the marine quietly but quickly plucked off the flower to emphasize his command.
"Over the Seas for Uncle Sam" by Elaine Sterne
To attain such a height she must cut off her right hand and pluck out her right eye.
"Barbara Lynn" by Emily J. Jenkinson
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In poetry:

“I pluck the shoes from off my feet,
But dare to look around;
Behold,” he said, “my Lord I greet,
On holy ground!”
"Doubting" by Henry Kendall
Plucked off the old bark when the inner
Was slow to renew it,
And put to the Lord's work the sinner
When saints failed to do it.
"George L. Stearns" by John Greenleaf Whittier
But smiles come not again to Eve,
Nor brightens off her dark reflection:
Her garland-crown she hath ceased to weave,
And, plucking, maketh no selection;
Only to grieve.
"Kadisha; Or, The First Jealousy" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Pluck from its roots the quiv'ring tongue of man,
Cut off his feet, or chain them — from his heart
He ne'ertheless, spite of all hindrance, can
His fervent pray'rs to his Creator, dart.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard

In news:

I remember walking out to the apple tree on that little farmstead by Leota Minnesota, plucking a dandy off the branch, sitting down under the tree with the Sporting News and getting lost in the Minnesota Twins of 1965.
Unknown pre-dawn pranksters on Saturday constructed an elaborate scene of a pterodactyl seemingly about to pluck the sculpture of a young surfer off his board.
The Thousand Oaks teen is reported to be in good health after being plucked from her damaged vessel 2,000 nautical miles off western Australia.
Don't be put off by the strange title, which Jeffrey Eugenides plucked from the Latin poet Catullus's verse bemoaning having to share his lover's attention with her pet sparrow.
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