un·​pick | \ ˌən-ˈpik How to pronounce unpick (audio) \
unpicked; unpicking; unpicks

Definition of unpick

transitive verb

: to undo by taking out stitches unpick sewing/embroidery/knitting

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Brexit has been a major story in Britain since before the June 2016 referendum, as the country tries to unpick the legal and economic ties that have bound it to the EU for over 40 years. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019 Her example reminds me of Alexander the Great, slicing through the knot with a sword instead of messing about trying to unpick it. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Kim, Kate, Juergen, Pam, and More Cheer on Vivienne Westwood as She Receives an Honor from the Fashion Awards," 5 Dec. 2018 Then trace the seam that runs around the baseball in your mind’s eye; imagine unpicking the seam and taking off the cover. Nick Chater, WSJ, "You See Less Than You Think," 10 Aug. 2018 Argentina, for just about as long as can be remembered, has spent major tournaments toiling away against deep-lying opposition, waiting always for Lionel Messi to produce a moment of genius to unpick the defense. Jonathan Wilson, SI.com, "Lionel Messi, Argentina Left Frustrated After Being Denied in Iceland Draw," 16 June 2018 Whistleblowing Russian former lab director Grigory Rodchenkov said FSB tools for unpicking the bottles’ security locks looked similar to the thin metal instruments used in dentistry. Washington Post, "Column: Another victim of Russian doping bites the dust," 19 Mar. 2018 The Belgium winger unpicked West Brom for the opener in the 25th minute. USA TODAY, "Hazard lifts Chelsea gloom with double in win over West Brom," 12 Feb. 2018 Messi's masterful ability to unpick a defence through an eye-of-the-needle pass and conjure up a goal-scoring opportunity out of seemingly nothing will be relied on by the Catalan outfit. SI.com, "Eibar vs Barcelona Preview: Classic Encounter, Key Battles, Team News & More," 16 Feb. 2018 The 11-year-old also had obsessive compulsive disorder and would tear apart her shirts, unpicking all the seams. Catie Monteiro, NBC News, "Nonprofit Merges Hi-Tech and High Fashion to Make Clothes for People with Disabilities," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unpick

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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