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[pik-ing] /ˈpɪk ɪŋ/
the act of a person or thing that picks.
something that is or may be picked or picked up.
the amount picked.
  1. scraps or gleanings:
    the pickings of a feast.
  2. profits or gains; spoils.
Origin of picking
before 900; Middle English; Old English picung (once) a mark made by picking; see pick1, -ing1 Unabridged
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  • Guinea a week and the pickings; and you go tomorrow night on trial.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • But the pickings, even here, were scanty, and loans hard to obtain.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Jim Dilks and his wreckers must be over here looking for pickings.

    Darry the Life Saver Frank V. Webster
  • The salesmen collected and in turn got forty per cent of the pickings.

    Secret Armies John L. Spivak
  • From this plant a number of flushes or pickings are secured in a year.

  • The last two or three pickings are thin and only secured once a week.

    Mushrooms: how to grow them William Falconer
British Dictionary definitions for pickings


plural noun
(sometimes sing) money, profits, etc, acquired easily or by more or less dishonest means; spoils
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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