to pluck up

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • to pluck up To tear up by the roots or from the foundation; to eradicate; to exterminate; to destroy; as, to pluck up a plant; to pluck up a nation
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Usage

In literature:

Perhaps he afterwards plucked up courage to violate the statute.
"Birds in the Bush" by Bradford Torrey
Couldn' never pluck up no ambition to do a heap of things de people do dis day en time.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
Lotche, recovering her coolness, had plucked up courage to speak.
"A Winter Amid the Ice" by Jules Verne
Nobody plucked up sufficient courage to interview Miss Poppleton on the subject.
"The Leader of the Lower School" by Angela Brazil
He was, he says, bullied and tormented till, towards the end of his time, he plucked up spirit to resist.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen
After supper that night he patrolled before Ellaphine's home and tried to pluck up courage enough to twist that old door-bell again.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Pluck up a good heart, my Child: for let the worst come to the worst, I have a better Husband in store for thee.
"Shakespeare Jest-Books;" by Unknown
The latter finally plucked up his courage, saw the lady, proposed to her, and was accepted.
"Tales from Dickens" by Charles Dickens and Hallie Erminie Rives
I plucked up courage at once, crossed the threshold, and walked right up to the man where he stood, propped on his crutch, talking to a customer.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson" by Robert Louis Stevenson
So he plucked up heart, and went to call.
"Hope Mills" by Amanda M. Douglas
Interests are only plucked up to sow themselves again, like mustard.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
The day was Friday; Joe plucked up a little hope when he heard the sheriff conducting somebody to the corridor gate.
"The Bondboy" by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
A little Dvaerg came to him, who was covered with hair, and had a tree in his hand plucked up by the roots.
"A Danish Parsonage" by John Fulford Vicary
By this time Katy had plucked up her courage and wished to try it.
"Chicken Little Jane on the Big John" by Lily Munsell Ritchie
He lingered and he dallied, and when at last he plucked up courage to come, he was very late.
"The Talking Thrush" by William Crooke
They were growing right out of the hard ground, reaching up to be plucked and worn.
"The Sun Maid" by Evelyn Raymond
Some of them who have the pluck will get close up to the house, and will try to force their way in through the broken walls.
"With Rifle and Bayonet" by F.S. Brereton
But nothing came; and the man began to pluck up his courage, and suddenly unslung and bent his bow.
"The Black Arrow" by Robert Louis Stevenson
But, at last, I plucked up courage to meet my fate, very much as one summons up courage to have a tooth out and get the horrid wrench over.
"My First Book:" by Various
It seems difficult to persuade him to pluck up courage to go himself.
"Joseph in the Snow, and The Clockmaker" by Berthold Auerbach
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In poetry:

I hope some day to meet her there,
And as in days of yore
We plucked the lilies, pure and fair,
Up there we'll gather more.
"My Sister Nell And I" by Joseph Horatio Chant
Not of this cold damp earth of ours,
That betimes, in its freaks of love,
Plucks away the buds from our sweetest flow'rs
To open them up above.
"Those Footsteps" by Alexander Anderson
And you stoop'd to pluck its round bright eye
That peep'd up to the day,
Then turn'd from its golden bloom with a sigh,
For your thoughts were far away.
"A Parting" by Alexander Anderson
Mere scorn God knows she had of me,
A poor scribe, nowise great or fair,
Who plucked his clerk’s hood back to see
Her curled-up lips and amorous hair.
"The Leper" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
O, life in death, sweet plucked from pain!
O, distant vision fair to see!
Up the long hill we press and strain;
We can bear all things and attain,
If once our faces turn to Thee!
"Solstice II" by Susan Coolidge
"An' if there be times when 'tis just about hard
Without his strong arm in the field an' the yard,
Why, I plucks up my heart then an' flicks the old grey,
An' this is the tune that her heels seem to say:"
"Speed The Plough: A Country Song" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

There may be nothing as Old Hollywood as the narrative about a pretty girl summoning up a dose of pluck to triumph over adversity.
I would pull up to work, take a deep breath, pluck a fragrant plumeria out of the tree, put it behind my ear, and hope that my students would show aloha to each other that day.
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