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pick at

Definition of pick at

  1. 1 :  to eat small amounts of (food) very slowly usually because one does not want to eat <She picked at a salad while I ate my steak.>

  2. 2 :  to repeatedly pull on (something) with the fingertips or fingernails from nervousness <She picked at the buttons on her jacket while waiting for her interview.>

  3. 3 :  to criticize (someone or something) especially for small mistakes <They're constantly arguing and picking at each other.>

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

    :  to remove bit by bit

    :  to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. :  a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

    :  the act or privilege of choosing or selecting :  choice

    :  the best or choicest one

  1. :  a heavy wooden-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

    :  toothpick

    :  picklock

  1. :  to throw or thrust with effort :  hurl

    :  to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. :  the act of pitching or throwing

    :  something thrown

    :  a throw of the shuttle

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of, relating to, or near a shore

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