pluck sth out of the air
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British pronunciation/plˈʌk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌaʊtəv ɔː fɹʌmðɪ ɔː θˈɪn ˈeə/
American pronunciation/plˈʌk ˌɛstˌiːˈeɪtʃ ˌaʊɾəv ɔːɹ fɹʌmðɪ ɔːɹ θˈɪn ˈɛɹ/
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to quickly say something without thinking about it first, usually as a reply to something

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What is the origin of the idiom "pluck something out of the air" and when to use it?

The idiom "pluck something out of the air" has its origins in the world of magic and illusion. It is used to describe the act of coming up with something seemingly out of nowhere, often without a logical basis or prior thought. This expression is usually used in situations where someone offers an answer, explanation, or solution that appears to be spontaneous and lacks any apparent basis or evidence.

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