un·​pick | \ˌən-ˈpik \
unpicked; unpicking; unpicks

Definition of unpick 

transitive verb

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

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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 What’s the easiest way to carry on the conversation without having to unpick every aspect of my dating life for the past six years? Mallory Ortberg, Slate Magazine, "Prudie advises a letter writer whose aunt won’t stop asking if Dad has started dating again.," 3 Apr. 2017 The result is a cocaine market so saturated that prices have crashed and unpicked coca leaves are rotting in the fields, according to [defense minister] Luis Carlos Villegas. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: 10 important questions raised by Sally Yates’s testimony on the ‘compromised’ Michael Flynn," 9 May 2017

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circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

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