Green’s Dictionary of Slang

pluck v.

1. [mid-17C–mid-18C; 1960s+] to have sexual intercourse.

2. [late 17C+] to rob.

3. [late 18C+] (UK/US campus) to find lacking, deficient.

4. [20C+] (US) to arrest.

5. [1900s] (US campus) to expel.

6. [1900s] (US campus) to reprimand.

7. [1940s] (US) to cashier or retire a military officer.

8. [1980s+] (US black) to choose one’s woman.

In derivatives

plucking (n.)

[1960s] robbery, theft.

In compounds

pluck-up fair (n.) [sense 2 above but note SE pluck up, to gather, to grab]

[late 16C–mid-17C] ‘a general scramble for booty or spoil’ (OED).

In phrases

pluck a pigeon (v.) [pigeon n.1 (2a)]

1. [late 18C+] to fleece a victim.

2. [1910s] in weak use, to conclude a business deal.

SE in slang uses

In phrases

pluck a rose (v.) (also pull a rose) [euph.]

1. [17C–early 19C] to visit the lavatory.

2. [mid-17C] to have sexual intercourse.

pluck Sir Onion (v.) [? the round ‘onion-shape’ of a tavern knocker]

[late 17C–early 18C] to knock on the tavern door.

pluck the riband (v.) (also pluck the ribbon) [SE riband, ribbon, presumably the tavern bell-pull]

[late 17C–mid-19C] to ring the bell at a tavern.