v. t.
1) to choose or select, esp. with care
2) to seek and find occasion for; provoke:
to pick a fight[/ex]
3) to attempt to find; seek out:
to pick flaws in an argument[/ex]
4) to steal the contents of:
to pick a pocket[/ex]
5) to open (a lock) with a device other than the key, esp. for the purpose of burglary
6) to pierce, dig into, or break up (something) with a pointed instrument:
to pick ore[/ex]
7) to form (a hole) by such action
8) to use a pointed instrument or the fingers on (a thing), to remove particles or adhering matter:
to pick one's teeth[/ex]
9) to prepare for use by removing a covering, as feathers:
to pick a fowl[/ex]
10) to detach or remove piece by piece with the fingers:
to pick meat from the bones[/ex]
11) to pluck or gather one by one:
to pick flowers[/ex]
12) anb (of birds or other animals) to take up (small bits of food) with the bill or teeth
13) to eat daintily or in small morsels
14) to separate, pull apart, or pull to pieces:
to pick fibers[/ex]
15) mad
a) to pluck (the strings of a musical instrument)
b) to play (a stringed instrument) by plucking with the fingers
16) to use a pick or other pointed instrument on something
17) to select carefully or fastidiously
18) to pilfer; steal
19) to pluck or gather fruit, flowers, etc
20) cvb phv pick apart, to criticize severely or in great detail
21) phv pick at
a) phv to find fault with; nag
b) phv to eat sparingly or daintily
c) phv to grasp at; touch; handle
22) phv pick off
a) phv to remove by pulling or plucking off
b) phv to single out and shoot:
The hunter picked off a duck rising from the marsh[/ex]
c) baseball to put out (a base runner) in a pick-off play
23) phv pick on
a) to criticize or blame; tease; harass
b) phv to single out; choose
24) pick out
a) phv to choose; select
b) phv to distinguish from that which surrounds or accompanies:
to pick out a well-known face in a crowd[/ex]
c) phv to discern (sense or meaning)
d) phv to work out (a melody) note by note; play by ear
e) to extract by picking
25) phv pick over, to examine (an assortment of items) in order to make a selection
26) cvb pick up
a) phv to lift or take up:
to pick up a stone[/ex]
b) phv to cause (one's courage, health, etc.) to recover
c) phv to gain, obtain, or learn casually or by occasional opportunity:
I've picked up a few Japanese phrases[/ex]
d) phv to take on as a passenger
e) phv to bring into range of reception, observation, etc.:
to pick up Rome on one's radio[/ex]
f) phv to accelerate; gain (speed)
g) phv to put in good order; tidy
h) phv to make progress; improve:
Business is picking up[/ex]
i) phv to become acquainted with informally or casually, often in hope of a sexual relationship
j) phv to resume or continue after being left off
27) phv cvb pick up on, Informal.
become aware of; notice
28) the act of choosing or selecting; choice; selection:
Take your pick[/ex]
29) a person or thing selected
30) the choicest or most desirable part, example, or examples:
This horse is the pick of the stable[/ex]
31) the right of selection
32) agr. the quantity of a crop picked at a particular time
33) a stroke with something pointed
34) spo a basketball maneuver or positioning to prevent a defender from interfering with a teammate's shot
Etymology: 1250–1300; (v.) ME pyken, pikken, pekken, c. D pikken, G picken, ON pikka to pick; akin topeck2, pike5; (n.) der. of the v. II
[[t]pɪk[/t]] n.
1) bui a heavy tool consisting of a curved metal head tapering to a point at one or both ends, mounted on a wooden handle, and used for breaking up soil, rock, etc
2) bui any pointed tool or instrument for picking:
an ice pick[/ex]
3) mad
4) cvb sts a comb with long, widely spaced teeth
Etymology: 1300–50; ME pikk(e); perh. var. ofpike5 III
[[t]pɪk[/t]] v. t.
1) tex to cast (a shuttle)
2) tex (in a loom) one passage of the shuttle
3) tex a single thread of filling yarn
Etymology: 1850–60; var. of pitch I

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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