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      vb   tr, adv   to aim at and shoot one by one  
English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  
pick          [1]  
1    to choose (something) deliberately or carefully, from or as if from a group or number; select  
2    to pluck or gather (fruit, berries, or crops) from (a tree, bush, field, etc.)  
to pick hops, to pick a whole bush     
3    tr   to clean or prepare (fruit, poultry, etc.) by removing the indigestible parts  
4    tr   to remove loose particles from (the teeth, the nose, etc.)  
5    (esp. of birds) to nibble or gather (corn, etc.)  
6    tr   to pierce, dig, or break up (a hard surface) with a pick  
7    tr   to form (a hole) in this way  
8    when intr, foll by: at   to nibble (at) fussily or without appetite  
9    to separate (strands, fibres, etc.), as in weaving  
10    tr   to provoke (an argument, fight, etc.) deliberately  
11    tr   to steal (money or valuables) from (a person's pocket)  
12    tr   to open (a lock) with an instrument other than a key  
13    to pluck the strings of (a guitar, banjo, etc.)  
14    tr   to make (one's way) carefully on foot  
they picked their way through the rubble     
15    pick and choose   to select fastidiously, fussily, etc.  
16    pick someone's brains   to obtain information or ideas from someone  
17    freedom or right of selection (esp. in the phrase take one's pick)  
18    a person, thing, etc., that is chosen first or preferred  
the pick of the bunch     
19    the act of picking  
20    the amount of a crop picked at one period or from one area  
21      (Printing)   a speck of dirt or paper fibre or a blob of ink on the surface of set type or a printing plate,   (See also)        pick at       pick off       pick on       pick out       pick-up  
     (C15: from earlier piken to pick, influenced by French piquer to pierce; compare Middle Low German picken, Dutch pikken)  
  pickable      adj  

English Collins Dictionary - English Definition & Thesaurus  




1    cherry-pick, choose, decide upon, elect, fix upon, hand-pick, mark out, opt for, select, settle upon, sift out, single out, sort out  
2    collect, cull, cut, gather, harvest, pluck, pull  
3    have no appetite, nibble, peck at, play or toy with, push the food round the plate  
4    foment, incite, instigate, provoke, start  
5    break into, break open, crack, force, jemmy, open, prise open  
6    pick one's way      be tentative, find or make one's way, move cautiously, tread carefully, work through  
7    choice, choosing, decision, option, preference, selection  
8    choicest, crème de la crème, elect, elite, flower, pride, prize, the best, the cream, the tops     (slang)  
1    cast aside, decline, discard, dismiss, reject, spurn, turn down  

pick at     
carp, cavil, criticize, find fault, get at, nag, pick holes, pick to pieces, quibble  
bracer     (informal)   drink, pick-up     (slang)   refreshment, restorative, roborant, shot in the arm     (informal)   stimulant, tonic  
pick on     
badger, bait, blame, bully, goad, hector, tease, torment  
pick out  
1    choose, cull, hand-pick, select, separate the sheep from the goats, single out, sort out  
2    discriminate, distinguish, identify, make distinct, make out, notice, perceive, recognize, tell apart  
1    acceleration, response, revving     (informal)   speed-up  
2    change for the better, gain, improvement, rally, recovery, revival, rise, strengthening, upswing, upturn  
pick up  
1    gather, grasp, hoist, lift, raise, take up, uplift  
2    buy, come across, find, garner, happen upon, obtain, purchase, score     (slang)  
3    be on the mend, gain, gain ground, get better, improve, make a comeback     (informal)   mend, perk up, rally, recover, take a turn for the better, turn the corner  
4    call for, collect, get, give someone a lift, go to get, uplift     (Scot.)  
5    acquire, get the hang of     (informal)   learn, master  
6      (slang)   apprehend, arrest, bust     (informal)   collar     (informal)   do     (slang)   feel one's collar     (slang)   lift     (slang)   nab     (informal)   nail     (informal)   nick     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   pinch     (informal)   pull in     (Brit. slang)   run in     (slang)   take into custody  

English Collins Dictionary - English synonyms & Thesaurus  

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pick, pick, pick at, pick on

Collaborative Dictionary     English Definition
start an argument on purpose
a person, generally a man, dedicated to improving his skills in attracting and seducing the other sex
Other spelling : Pickup artist The use of "pick up" in this context comes from American slang and means becoming acquainted with, esp. with a view to having sexual relations
telling someone to fight you."do sth !"
wave hand as a sign of rejection, disapproval or lack of interest
to depend on something or on someone to cover the basic expenses
E.g.: He lived off the money he inherited from his father while he had been working as a volunteer.
expression meaning that a situation is no longer certain or predictable and that anything can happen
originating from horse racing where "all bets are off" indicated that bets already made were null due to various unpredicted factors
live without being connected to one of more public utilities (such as water, electric power)
laughing my fucking ass off
mislead someone; deliberately provide wrong information to forbid someone from knowing the truth
E.g.: They are no longer in town, but hey left their car in front of the house just to put everybody off the scent.
get well with someone from the very beginning of the relationship
used when referring to romantic relationship, but also in a larger meaning: He hit it off with his teacher; he will continue taking classes with her.
to attempt or take on a task that is way to big and beyond one's capability
I wonder if that craftsman will be able to fulfil the three commitments he took on at the same time; in my opinion he bites off more than he can chew!
make an obscene and offensive gesture at someone by closing one's fist and extending one's middle finger upwards, interpreted as"Sod off!"; [US] flip (sb) off / flip (sb) the bird
Ex.: he has an unfortunate tendency and somewhat dangerous habit of giving the finger to motorists who cut in front of him.
go away idiot, fool ; leave me alone idiot, fool ; fuck you idiot, fool ; fuck off idiot, fool.
talk incessantly ; be very talkative/voluble ; be a chatterbox
[UK] [informal] Ex: When it comes to Pink Floyd, his all-time favorite band, he can talk the hind legs off a donkey!
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