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

Examples of unpick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The camera presents their evidence as fact, forcing the audience to unpick the truth from the lies and deceit. CNN, 5 Nov. 2021 That inauthenticity combines human agency and technological amplification in a way that is often impossible to unpick. Hari Kunzru, The New York Review of Books, 5 Nov. 2020 Take off your clothes, your flesh. . . . unpick the lock of your bones. Cressida Leyshon, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Dramatic scenes in Texas as a late-night bid to stop an election bill fails, President Joe Biden's attempts to unpick his predecessor's Medicaid changes and the latest on hopes for the Iran nuclear deal. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 7 May 2021 The European Union stepped up its attack on U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s attempt to unpick the Brexit divorce deal, warning that the bloc won’t cave into pressure as negotiations over a trade accord reach a critical final few weeks. Ian Wishart, Bloomberg.com, 22 Sep. 2020 Legions of academics, not to mention government officials and researchers in think-tanks, are devoted to unpicking these problems. The Economist, 28 Nov. 2019 Deals come undone The investment firm that agreed to buy Victoria’s Secret in February wants to back out, the highest-profile example to date of a buyer trying to unpick a deal because of the pandemic. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2020 In her new book Going Dark: The Secret Social Lives Of Extremists, Julia Ebner unpicks how extremist far-right groups are using technology to spread their ideologies. Vicky Spratt, refinery29.com, 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of unpick

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unpick was circa 1775

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18 Nov 2021

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“Unpick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpick. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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