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Pick at   /pɪk æt/   Listen
Pick at

verb
1.
Pluck or pull at with the fingers.  Synonyms: pluck at, pull at.
2.
Eat like a bird.  Synonyms: peck, peck at.
3.
Express a negative opinion of.  Synonyms: belittle, disparage.






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"Pick at" Quotes from Famous Books



... think I am going to fall and let you have a pick at me," said Archy, with a forced laugh; "because I am not going to tumble, ...
— Cutlass and Cudgel • George Manville Fenn

... "Bon Vin de Macon a 8 et a 10 S." hinted intelligibly at the well-provided state of Monsieur Fricot's cellar. It was one of those humble eating-houses, abounding in the French capital, where a very hungry man may stave off starvation for about the price of a tooth-pick at the Cafe or the Trois Freres, and where an exceedingly thirsty one may get intoxicated upon potato brandy and essence of logwood for a similar amount. It needs a three days' fast or a paviour's appetite to induce entrance into such a place. I was gazing with ...
— Tales from Blackwood, Volume 7 • Various

... They seldom last for more than a few months, and usually narrow at their base and drop off, when the particular irritation that caused them ceases. On this account it is seldom worth while to try to remove them by burning with acids or cutting them off; and it is best not to pick at, or irritate, or scratch them ...
— A Handbook of Health • Woods Hutchinson



Words linked to "Pick at" :   minimize, criticise, pull, deprecate, pull at, flatter, knock, discredit, derogate, tear apart, pick apart, depreciate, eat, disgrace, trash, pan, peck, criticize, vilipend, denigrate



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