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
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Contemporary Examples of pickings

Historical Examples of pickings

  • 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

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

British Dictionary definitions for pickings


pl n

(sometimes singular) money, profits, etc, acquired easily or by more or less dishonest means; spoils
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