pick over


picked over; picking over; picks over

transitive verb

: to examine in order to select the best or remove the unwanted

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The real intrigue comes six picks later when Indiana makes its sixth first-round pick over the past two seasons at No. 7. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Apr. 2023 And without their big brands, the Pac-12 and ACC will be gutted, leaving the Big 12 to pick over the remains because of its unique position. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 5 July 2022 Ohtani, often compared to MLB great Babe Ruth because of his ability to pitch and hit at an elite level, was the unanimous pick over the Toronto Blue Jays' Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Marcus Semien in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. NBC News, 19 Nov. 2021 The bank’s shares remain unlisted on Wall Street, and its divisions and assets are being auctioned by the government for other banks or investment funds to pick over. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 18 Mar. 2023 Virtually all guitar players who have used a pick over the past six decades have labeled Watson a pioneer of that style. Ted Olson, The Conversation, 28 Feb. 2023 Jessica Alba, Hilary Duff, and Meghan Markle all wore striped versions in May, and just yesterday, Demi Moore wore a sunflower yellow pick over a hot pink bikini while boating. Claire Harmeyer, Peoplemag, 16 Aug. 2022 McLaughlin won the job when Cody Parkey got hurt, but will the Browns pick over the waiver wire this week? Dan Labbe, cleveland, 30 Aug. 2021 The Dodgers could do worse than pick over the Pirates’ carcass for Chris Stratton, who has posted a 2.58 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 52 1/3 innings. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 28 July 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1732, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pick over was in 1732

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“Pick over.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20over. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

Kids Definition

pick over

: to examine in order to select the best or remove the unwanted

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