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pick on

Definition of pick on

  1. 1 :  to laugh at or make fun of (someone) in an unkind way <Kids used to pick on her for wearing old worn-out clothes.>

  2. 2 :  to unfairly criticize (one person or group) when others also deserve to be criticized <It's unfair to pick on teachers for the problems in our schools when politicians are equally to blame.>

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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