pick at


verb

(intr, preposition) to make criticisms of in a niggling or petty manner

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Idioms and Phrases with pick at

pick at

1

Pluck or pull at, especially with the fingers, as in She was always picking at her skirt with her nails. [1600s]

2

Eat sparingly and without appetite, as in He was just picking at his dinner. [Late 1500s]

3

Nag, badger, as in He's picking at me all day long. [Colloquial; second half of 1600s]

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