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

transitive verb

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

Examples of unpick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Investigators are also starting to unpick more details about the scale and scope of LockBit’s operations. Matt Burgess, WIRED, 7 May 2024 Avery had shown the world how to unpick the richest treasure box on earth and revealed the wealth waiting to be stolen from heathens’ pockets. Sean Kingsley, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 Temperatures have been unprecedented in the North Atlantic, an area of ocean key to hurricane formation, surprising some scientists, who are still trying to unpick the exact causes. Laura Paddison, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 Since the 1940s, scientists have been unpicking the mysteries of this vertical migration and the creatures taking part in it. WIRED, 9 Dec. 2023 The skirt was very quick and easy to make as there was just one seam that needed unpicking and stitching back in a different place, so this only took one hour. Emily Chan, Vogue, 30 Oct. 2023 There are four fundamental problems that must be carefully unpicked in order to prevent standardization from undermining progress diversity and inclusion and five checks advised for those making procurement decisions. Nancy Doyle, Forbes, 7 May 2023 For example, should an employee add value to a team with good nature, caring, or for being the person who spends hours unpicking small mistakes in process to streamline the sales process, are these acts of service recorded accurately? Nancy Doyle, Forbes, 7 May 2023 After charging ahead for weeks with a deeply contentious judicial overhaul that has unpicked the seams of Israeli society, Mr. Netanyahu sought to find another escape hatch. Patrick Kingsley, New York Times, 27 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1775, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unpick was circa 1775

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“Unpick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unpick. Accessed 16 Jun. 2024.

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