- scraps or gleanings: the pickings of a feast.
- profits or gains; spoils.
Examples from the Web for pickings
“The pickings were kind of slim for Reagan,” recalls Pitney.Predicting How Romney Might Govern Requires Multiple Scenarios|Eleanor Clift|October 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The terrain is mucky, and the pickings are slim; patience and boredom are a part of the hunt.
If the grand pooh-bahs of the GOP think they can find someone to push her aside, their pickings seem drearily slim.
After that, the pickings are slim and involve officials far less famous than the ubiquitous Palin.
This useful little creature is, of course, rewarded with a share of the honey, and has the pickings from the hollow tree besides.Sporting Scenes amongst the Kaffirs of South Africa|Alfred W. Drayson
You see how they run after the Countess of Aberdeen, who is encouraging industry (and about whom there are some pickings).Ireland as It Is|Robert John Buckley (AKA R.J.B.)
Harvesting begins in September and extends into January, during which time ten pickings are made.All About Coffee|William H. Ukers
Then there might be pickings in the way of a Member of Parliament of his calibre.Can You Forgive Her?|Anthony Trollope
We Democrats are determined to get on top again and have our chance at the pickings.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton