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  • n  the trait of showing courage and determination in spite of possible loss or injury

  • Hugh Hudson memorialized Britain's play-fair pluckiness in Chariots of Fire, then suggested in Greystoke, that its weary civilization stifled man's best primal instincts.
  • Though Linney has brightness and passion, Hepburn's telltale intonations--everything from her offhand pluckiness to her tremulous indignation--keep surfacing.
  • But the Family's greatest appeal lies in the sobs, heartaches and all-around pluckiness of the Barbours in their encounters with love, marriage, divorce and sickness.

  • Ed Koch in FOXNews
    I ask you all to take note of what you saw here today: the power and the majesty of launch, of course, but also the confidence and the professionalism, the sheer gall, the pluckiness, the grittiness of this team that pulled this programme out of... Michael Griffin Times Online,,11069-1708699,00.html&source=dictionary&usg=AFQjCNE1H3ZoswXlOS6ivbF7vm5pqTCFkg Jul 26, 2005 75358 101694 plucky Koch called Palin a plucky, exciting candidate" but also said: "If the vice president were ever called on to lead the country, there is no question in my mind that the experience and demonstrated judgment of Joe Biden is superior to that of...

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