pick at


pick at
verb
1. pluck or pull at with the fingers (Freq. 1)
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She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse

Syn: ↑pluck at, ↑pull at
Hypernyms: ↑pull
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

2. eat like a bird
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The anorexic girl just picks at her food

Syn: ↑peck at, ↑peck
Hypernyms: ↑eat
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s

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Somebody ——s something

(for: ↑peck at)
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Somebody ——s something

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They pick at more bread

3. express a negative opinion of
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She disparaged her student's efforts

Syn: ↑disparage, ↑belittle
Ant: ↑flatter (for: ↑disparage)
Derivationally related forms: ↑disparagement (for: ↑disparage), ↑disparager (for: ↑disparage)
Hypernyms: ↑knock, ↑criticize, ↑criticise, ↑pick apart
Hyponyms:
Verb Frames:
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Somebody ——s something

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Somebody ——s somebody

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pick at [phrasal verb]
1 pick at (something)
1 a : to eat small amounts of (food) very slowly usually because you do not want to eat

She picked at a salad while I ate my steak.

1 b : to pull on (something) with your fingertips or your fingernails often because you are nervous

She picked at the buttons on her jacket while waiting for her interview.

He was picking at his shoelaces.

2 pick at (someone or something) : to criticize (someone or something) especially for small mistakes

They're constantly arguing and picking at each other.

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Main Entry:pick

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