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Pick at   /pɪk æt/   Listen
Pick at

verb
1.
Pluck or pull at with the fingers.  Synonyms: pluck at, pull at.
2.
Eat like a bird.  Synonyms: peck, peck at.
3.
Express a negative opinion of.  Synonyms: belittle, disparage.






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"Pick at" Quotes from Famous Books



... seen this mild black cat before, and I fancy no one had ever seen her three roly-poly, jet-black kits. Such a confiding puss I never met, for when I started back, surprised, Mrs. Bunch merely looked at me with an insinuating purr, and began to pick at my carpet, as ...
— Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag, Vol. 5 - Jimmy's Cruise in the Pinafore, Etc. • Louisa M. Alcott

... by dinner time, and didn't exactly pick at her food. At any rate, she was ready to talk when we finally got back ...
— The Right Time • Walter Bupp

... in humility, and I take it upon myself to declare that you will receive fitting pardon and relief. Remain stubborn, and the scourge, Phorenice, may torment you into annihilation before she in turn is made to answer for the evil she has put upon the land. There is the choice for you to pick at." ...
— The Lost Continent • C. J. Cutcliffe Hyne

... glance of mingled threat and sarcasm out into the night, he walked back to the wall and, dashing more water over the spot he had already moistened, began to pick at the loosened edges of the paper which were slowly falling away. The result was a disappointment; how great a disappointment he presently realised, as his knife-point encountered only plaster under the peeling edges of the paper. He had hoped to find other paper under the blue—the paper which ...
— Room Number 3 - and Other Detective Stories • Anna Katharine Green

... were the history of the people who wait at home, instead of the history of the warriors, rich credit would be given to Mrs. Golden for enduring the long, lonely days, listening for Una's step. A proud, patient woman with nothing to do all day but pick at a little housework, and read her eyes out, and wish that she could run in and be neighborly with the indifferent urbanites who formed about her a wall of ice. Yet so confused are human purposes ...
— The Job - An American Novel • Sinclair Lewis



Words linked to "Pick at" :   criticize, vilipend, minimize, trash, discredit, eat, depreciate, flatter, derogate, knock, pick apart, tear apart, criticise, pan, disgrace, deprecate, denigrate, pull



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