pluck up

verb

Definition of pluck up

transitive verb

1 : to assume an appearance of : bring to the fore : summon plucked his nerve up to demand an explanation
2 : to eradicate by or as if by tearing up by the roots

intransitive verb

: to assume an appearance (as of valor) especially in response to a particular stress

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History and Etymology for pluck up

Middle English plucken up, from plucken to pluck + up, adverb

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“Pluck up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pluck%20up. Accessed 30 Nov. 2021.

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