pluck at

phrasal verb

plucked at; plucking at; plucks at
: to pull part of (something) with one's fingers especially more than once
He nervously plucked at the blanket.

Examples of pluck at in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The earthworms beneath the soil haven’t the least idea of the frets that pluck at my heart. Danny Heitman, The Christian Science Monitor, 29 Nov. 2023 The fateful numbers will be plucked at 10:59 p.m. ET Wednesday. Holly Yan, CNN, 4 Oct. 2023 Hana has a habit of picking up feathers to give to the village chief, who makes them into quills to pluck at the strings of a harpsichord. Jessica Kiang, Variety, 4 Sep. 2023 The six coveted numbers will be plucked at 11 p.m. ET Friday. Holly Yan, CNN, 21 July 2023 Instead use tweezers and pluck at the site of the bite as close to the skin as possible. Timmy Broderick, Scientific American, 14 June 2023 Often center stage, Tess would bop around and dance in place, sometimes whipping her hair around while plucking at her bass. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2023

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“Pluck at.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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