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pluck

1. an abattoir term for the thoracic viscera plus the liver, after separation from the esophagus and the diaphragm. Includes the larynx, trachea, lungs, heart and liver, plus the spleen in sheep.
2. removal of the feathers from birds during the preparation of the carcass for meat. Scalding for 2 minutes in water plus detergent at 134°F is a great aid.
3. removal of wool from the carcass of a sheep dead long enough for the wool to become loose.
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The Calcutta Cup showdown has become a must-win encounter and England's forwards coach said: "We don't want to be the plucky losers.
But against the odds a plucky everyman makes it to shore and goes back to the boats, the only trade he knows.
I'm sure everybody's eager to emulate the British heroes of the first week of Wimbledon, by losing in a plucky fashion against an opponent who is clearly physically, technically and aesthetically far superior.
Pepita and the Bully" is a bilingual illustrated children's book about a plucky heroine named Pepita who has to find ways to deal with a bully girl named Babette.
Summary: JOHANNESBURG, Jun 03, SPA -- Even a plucky chicken which has for months avoided becoming road kill on a Johannesburg intersection, can&'t escape the crime-ridden city&'s crooks, according to Reuters.
What a contrast to plucky Jessica Watson, who wanted to be the youngest person to sail solo around the world.
Cast: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan Mc-Gregor, Christopher Eccleston Plot: It's a biopic of plucky pilot Amelia Earhart (Swank), beginning in 1928 when she meets publisher George Putnam (Gere).
But it was not until the final 15 minutes that Manuel Pellegrini's side finally managed to see off their plucky opponents.
Plucky was born in Worcester daughter of the late Francesco and Maria Giavanna (Marapesse) DeSimone and has lived in Shrewsbury most of her life.
Zellweger's playfulness works well opposite the winning McGregor, and I suppose for some people, she's the first person you'd call when you need a plucky heroine.
The plucky girl has already thought about which activities she can still perform with a single arm: "I'm going to start playing the drums.
However, like any romantic novel with a plucky heroine, credibility gets stretched to the limit in order to create a completely satisfying ending.