pick apart

phrasal verb

picked apart; picking apart; picks apart
chiefly US
: to say all of the things that are bad or wrong about (someone or something) : to criticize (a person or thing) in a very detailed and usually unkind way
You can expect political analysts to pick apart the governor's speech.
The film's critics picked his performance apart.

Examples of pick apart in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For the first time in a decade, maybe more, Dortmund is not home to a side that is waiting to be picked apart by the game’s apex predators. Rory Smith, New York Times, 31 May 2024 The jury watched as detectives picked apart her story and pointed out inconsistencies in her accounts of May 24, 2019, and the days that followed. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 5 Mar. 2024 But with the hits came harsh scrutiny: Tabloids picked apart everything from her thin frame to her on-off romance with Jack Nicholson, 87, a man 33 years her senior. Eric Andersson, Peoplemag, 2 July 2024 As analysts continue to pick apart the few pieces of data in Alnylam’s topline announcement, all eyes will be on the full presentation later this year. Elaine Chen Reprints, STAT, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for pick apart 

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“Pick apart.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20apart. Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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