pick at
phrasal to criticize repeatedly especially for minor faults ; nag

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • pick at — (something) to eat food in small pieces and without enjoyment. He eats very little, picking at his food with his fork. Etymology: based on the literal meaning of pick at something (= to try to remove small pieces of something with your fingers) …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick at — / pick on [v] nag, provoke badger, bait, blame, bully, carp, cavil, criticize, find fault, foment, get at*, get to*, goad, hector, incite, instigate, quibble, start, tease, torment; concepts 7,19,52 Ant. compliment, praise …   New thesaurus

  • pick at — ► pick at 1) repeatedly pull at (something) with one s fingers. 2) eat in small amounts. Main Entry: ↑pick …   English terms dictionary

  • pick at — verb 1. pluck or pull at with the fingers (Freq. 1) She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse • Syn: ↑pluck at, ↑pull at • Hypernyms: ↑pull • Verb Frames …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick at — phrasal verb [transitive] Word forms pick at : present tense I/you/we/they pick at he/she/it picks at present participle picking at past tense picked at past participle picked at 1) pick at something to eat only small amounts of a meal because… …   English dictionary

  • pick at — phr verb Pick at is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑vulture Pick at is used with these nouns as the object: ↑food …   Collocations dictionary

  • pick at — PHRASAL VERB If you pick at the food that you are eating, you eat only very small amounts of it. [V P n] Sarah picked at a plate of cheese for supper, but she wasn t really hungry. Syn: nibble …   English dictionary

  • pick at — {v.} 1. To reach or grasp for repeatedly. * /The baby kept picking at the coverlet./ 2. To eat without appetite; choose a small piece every little while to eat. * /He picked at his food./ 3. To annoy or bother continually; find fault with. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick at — {v.} 1. To reach or grasp for repeatedly. * /The baby kept picking at the coverlet./ 2. To eat without appetite; choose a small piece every little while to eat. * /He picked at his food./ 3. To annoy or bother continually; find fault with. *… …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • pick\ at — v 1. To reach or grasp for repeatedly. The baby kept picking at the coverlet. 2. To eat without appetite; choose a small piece every little while to eat. He picked at his food. 3. To annoy or bother continually; find fault with. They showed their …   Словарь американских идиом

  • pick at — repeatedly pull at something with one s fingers. → pick …   English new terms dictionary

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