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[uhn-pik] /ʌnˈpɪk/
verb (used with object)
to take out the stitches of (sewing, knitting, etc.).
Origin of unpick
1350-1400 for earlier sense; 1770-80 for current sense; Middle English unpiken to pick (a lock); see un-2, pick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for unpicked
Historical Examples
  • "All the embroidery is unpicked," said the Princess, sighing.

    The Book of Dragons Edith Nesbit
  • There was cotton everywhere—in the fields, unpicked; in the gin-houses, unginned.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • The edge of the right breast is unpicked, and the machine is sewn into the gap.

    Sharps and Flats John Nevil Maskelyne
  • The habit-body was unpicked, as it was impossible to get it off any other way.

  • Then he unpicked the lining of his cap, pushed in the rose and put it on his head again.

    The Yellow Rose

    Mr Jkai
  • Always looks rather angry with it, I suppose because it's got to be unpicked.

    If Winter Comes A.S.M. Hutchinson
  • Take four pounds of unpicked Orange Flowers, bruise them in a marble mortar, and pour on them nine quarts of clear Water.

    The Toilet of Flora Pierre-Joseph Buc'hoz
  • Who knows if it will not be my shroud, and if these stitches which I make will not be unpicked by the worms?

  • She was clever, for as she talked she unpicked a hat and twisted and turned it to new account.

  • And chairs and tables might be left for days strewn with tacked sleeves and unpicked skirts.

    Mothwise Knut Hamsun
British Dictionary definitions for unpicked


(of knitting, sewing, etc) having been unravelled or picked out


verb (transitive)
to undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)
to unravel or undo (a garment, etc)
(obsolete) to open (a door, lock, etc) by picking
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