[ pik-ing ]
/ ˈpɪk ɪŋ /


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.


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Origin of picking

before 900; Middle English; Old English picung (once) a mark made by picking; see pick1, -ing1
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British Dictionary definitions for pickings

/ (ˈpɪkɪŋz) /

pl n

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