Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

plucked from the crowd

plucked from the crowd
Meaning(s)
1) chosen randomly, discovered at random
  • How to MemorizePopularity MediumProfessional MediumSocial
    • she was just plucked from the crowd
  • Analysis
    To pluck means to 'pull out' something. To 'pluck someone from the crowd' means to pull someone out of the crowd seemingly randomly without prior planning. You can also say 'pull someone from the crowd' or 'invite someone from the audience' or 'get a volunteer from the audience' to mean the same thing. 
  • Social Examples (Advance)
    1. The magician needed a volunteer for his trick, and the girl was just plucked from the crowd to help out.
    2. They just plucked him from the crowd, so they didn't know anything about him.
    3. It was like a lottery draw or a raffle. She just closed her eyes and plucked the winner from the crowd!
  • Professional Examples (Advance)
    1. It can be advantageous to be specific about criteria when you interview potential customers for market research, rather than plucking from the crowd.
    2. A good technique to use in a small presentation is to ask a question and pluck someone from the crowd to answer it.
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