Traffic was terrible, though, so only a few dozen people gamely remained to pick over the vegetable spread and drink beer.
pick over and wash the prunes, then soak for several hours in cold water, enough to cover.
pick over a fine cauliflower, and plunge it for a moment in boiling water.
They allowed us to grind the spices, pick over the raisins and lick the stirring spoons.
Wash and pick over the beans, cover with cold water and soak over night.
"I don't want to pick over any crooked old nails," proclaimed Joel, loudly, and knocking his heels against the pantry door.
He put the shovel and pick over the side of the boat and catching hold of the stern, pushed hard.
pick over Brussels sprouts, remove wilted leaves, and soak in cold salt water fifteen minutes.
pick over selected berries, place in a colander and wash, draining carefully.
The girls had volunteered to help her pick over berries for canning the following day.
early 13c., picken "to peck;" c.1300, piken "to work with a pick," probably representing a fusion of Old English *pician "to prick," (implied by picung "a piercing, pricking," an 8c. gloss on Latin stigmata) with Old Norse pikka "to prick, peck," from a common Germanic root (cf. Middle Dutch picken, German picken "to pick, peck"), perhaps imitative. Influence from Middle French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)) also is possible, but that French word generally is not considered a source of the English word. Related: Picked; picking.
Meaning "to eat with small bites" is from 1580s. The meaning "to choose, select, pick out" emerged late 14c., from earlier meaning "to pluck with the fingers" (early 14c.). Sense of "to rob, plunder" (c.1300) weakened to a milder sense of "steal petty things" by late 14c. Of forcing locks with a pointed tool, by 1540s. Meaning "to pluck (a banjo)" is recorded from 1860. To pick a quarrel, etc. is from mid-15c.; to pick at "find fault with" is from 1670s. Pick on "single out for adverse attention" is from late 14c.; pick off "shoot one by one" is recorded from 1810; baseball sense of "to put out a runner on base" is from 1939. Also cf. pick up. To pick and choose "select carefully" is from 1660s (choose and pick is attested from c.1400).
c.1200, "pointed tool for breaking up rock or ground," variant of pike (n.4). Meaning "sharp tool" is from mid-14c.
mid-15c., "a blow with a pointed instrument," from pick (v.). Meaning "plectrum for a guitar, lute, etc." is from 1895; as a type of basketball block, from 1951; meaning "choicest part or example" is first recorded 1760.