plural noun
pick·​ings | \ ˈpi-kiŋz How to pronounce pickings (audio) , -kənz How to pronounce pickings (audio) \

Definition of pickings

: something that is picked or picked up: such as
a : gleanable or eatable fragments : scraps
b : yield or return for effort expended easy pickings slim pickings

Examples of pickings in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The resulting wobbler was easy pickings for teammate Seyddrick Lakalaka. San Diego Union-Tribune, "3 Things We Learned ... in the Aztecs’ 38-7 win at Utah State," 1 Nov. 2020 In a state tilting away from Mr. Trump, Ms. Collins appeared to be easy pickings, and donors poured money into the state. Ellen Barry, New York Times, "The Democrats Went All Out Against Susan Collins. Rural Maine Grimaced.," 17 Nov. 2020 The pickings are slim this weekend for your fill of SEC football. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "How to watch SEC Week 7 games online (11/14): TV info, times, live stream, full schedule," 14 Nov. 2020 The ball bounced off Elliott’s hands, floated into the air and became easy pickings for Washington linebacker Cole Holcomb. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, "Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott wasn’t at fault for a turnover this time, but that didn’t stop him from taking responsibility," 26 Oct. 2020 The pickings are lean at Washington for standout offensive skill players. oregonlive, "Oregon State looks for a bounce-back performance against Washington Huskies: Sneak peek," 9 Nov. 2020 In nature, a lame duck is a weakling, a bird that can’t keep up with the flock and is easy pickings for predators. Oliver Staley, Quartz, "The destructive power of a lame duck president," 7 Nov. 2020 Browse the pickings from a Clinton County barn sale. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, "Top 5 things to do in Cincinnati this weekend: Oct. 30-Nov. 1," 28 Oct. 2020 The really noisy part of the Democratic Party, just like the really noisy part of the Republican Party, is easy pickings. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan's Tim Allen, Jeff Daniels use voices to back opposing parties in 2020 election," 28 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of pickings

1642, in the meaning defined above

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7 Dec 2020

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“Pickings.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickings. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of pickings

informal : opportunities for getting the things you want or need

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