verb (used with object)

to take out the stitches of (sewing, knitting, etc.).

Origin of unpick

1350–1400 for earlier sense; 1770–80 for current sense; Middle English unpiken to pick (a lock); see un-2, pick1
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Examples from the Web for unpicked

Historical Examples of unpicked

  • There was cotton everywhere—in the fields, unpicked; in the gin-houses, unginned.

    The Bishop of Cottontown

    John Trotwood Moore

  • "All the embroidery is unpicked," said the Princess, sighing.

  • The edge of the right breast is unpicked, and the machine is sewn into the gap.

    Sharps and Flats

    John Nevil Maskelyne

  • The habit-body was unpicked, as it was impossible to get it off any other way.

  • Then he unpicked the lining of his cap, pushed in the rose and put it on his head again.

British Dictionary definitions for unpicked



(of knitting, sewing, etc) having been unravelled or picked out


verb (tr)

to undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)
to unravel or undo (a garment, etc)
obsolete to open (a door, lock, etc) by picking
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