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Punctuation marks help make writing easy to read and understand. Some of the most important ones are the period (.), comma (,), question mark (?), and exclamation point (!). How well do you know how to use them? Find out in this quiz!
Question 1 of 10
Which punctuation mark is best for this sentence? "Can I watch a movie __"

Idioms for pick

Origin of pick

1
1250–1300; v. Middle English pyken, pikken, pekken, cognate with Dutch pikken, German picken, Old Norse pikka to pick; akin to peck2, pike5; (noun) derivative of the v.

synonym study for pick

1. See choose.

OTHER WORDS FROM pick

pick·a·ble, adjectiveun·pick·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for pick at (1 of 4)

pick at

verb

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

British Dictionary definitions for pick at (2 of 4)

pick1
/ (pɪk) /

verb

noun

Derived forms of pick

pickable, adjective

Word Origin for pick

C15: from earlier piken to pick, influenced by French piquer to pierce; compare Middle Low German picken, Dutch pikken

British Dictionary definitions for pick at (3 of 4)

pick2
/ (pɪk) /

noun

a tool with a handle carrying a long steel head curved and tapering to a point at one or both ends, used for loosening soil, breaking rocks, etc
any of various tools used for picking, such as an ice pick or toothpick
a plectrum

verb

(tr) to pierce, dig, or break up (a hard surface) with a pick
(tr) to form (a hole) in this way

Word Origin for pick

C14: perhaps variant of pike ²

British Dictionary definitions for pick at (4 of 4)

pick3
/ (in weaving pɪk) /

verb

(tr) to cast (a shuttle)

noun

one casting of a shuttle
a weft or filling thread

Word Origin for pick

C14: variant of pitch 1
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Idioms and Phrases with pick at (1 of 2)

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]

Idioms and Phrases with pick at (2 of 2)

pick

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