Also, pick holes in or pick to pieces. Find flaws in something by close examination, criticize sharply, as in The lawyer picked apart the testimony, or He found it easy to pick holes in their argument, or The new editor picked her manuscript to pieces. These expressions use pick in the sense of “pierce” or “poke,” a usage dating from the 1300s; pick holes in dates from the mid-1600s, pick to pieces from the mid-1800s.
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How to use pick apart in a sentence
The man, Joshua Kemp, told what police describe as “a bogus story that quickly fell apart.”
Apart from the video, the Saraya Al-Khorasani group has made no official declaration that it is linked to Taghavi.What an Iranian Funeral Tells Us About the Wars in Iraq|IranWire|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In such beer polls, I suspect a lot of voters would pick Huckabee.
Days away from her dream being fulfilled, it all fell apart.The Insurance Company Promised a Gender Reassignment. Then They Made a Mistake.|James Joiner|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The carpeting is worn, the furniture is falling apart, and the electricity is out for most of the day.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Moreover, most of the burrows were only a few feet apart and no agonistic behavior was witnessed.Summer Birds From the Yucatan Peninsula|Erwin E. Klaas
Not a few of these are extremely beautiful, and are well worth growing on this account, quite apart from their peculiarity.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
He went himself to the kitchen, which was a building apart from the cottages and lying to the rear of the house.The Awakening and Selected Short Stories|Kate Chopin
All Koreans pay great honour to their dead parents, and tablets to their memory are placed in some room set apart for the purpose.Our Little Korean Cousin|H. Lee M. Pike
It has a training value entirely apart from its practical value in that case.Assimilative Memory|Marcus Dwight Larrowe (AKA Prof. A. Loisette)