- the act of a person or thing that picks.
- something that is or may be picked or picked up.
- the amount picked.
- scraps or gleanings: the pickings of a feast.
- profits or gains; spoils.
Origin of picking
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Examples from the Web for pickings
“The pickings were kind of slim for Reagan,” recalls Pitney.Predicting How Romney Might Govern Requires Multiple Scenarios
October 26, 2012
The terrain is mucky, and the pickings are slim; patience and boredom are a part of the hunt.How to Catch a Giant Python
February 28, 2010
If the grand pooh-bahs of the GOP think they can find someone to push her aside, their pickings seem drearily slim.Why Palin Mania Won't Die
October 15, 2009
After that, the pickings are slim and involve officials far less famous than the ubiquitous Palin.American History's Biggest Quitters
July 6, 2009
Guinea a week and the pickings; and you go tomorrow night on trial.The Christian
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.Mushrooms: how to grow them
- (sometimes singular) money, profits, etc, acquired easily or by more or less dishonest means; spoils
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