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What is another word for plucking?

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Present participle for to extract something by pulling or picking at it
“I removed the tweezers from my kit and began to carefully pluck the splinter from his finger.”
Present participle for to catch hold of (and pull quickly)
“Seemingly from out of nowhere, Molly's sister appeared at his side to pluck at his jacket sleeve.”
Present participle for to remove feathers from a bird
“They also need labor to cut the sugar cane, pluck the chickens, pick the oranges, mow the lawns, and make the beds.”
Present participle for to harvest or gather something by pulling it
“Depending on their height, pickers had to bend over and down to pluck cotton from the bolls.”
Present participle for to play a string instrument
“He let his fingernails grow long, the better to pluck his new classical guitar.”
Present participle for to cheat, deceive or defraud someone for personal gain
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“Working agreements existed between many widely variegated groups which, in themselves, had nothing in common except the intent to pluck the gullible.”
Present participle for to take, pull or remove by force
Present participle for to steal, especially in small quantities, or articles of small value
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Able to take hold of and clasp objects
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