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Verb: pick at
  1. Pluck or pull at with the fingers
    - pluck at, pull at
     
  2. Eat like a bird
    "The anorexic girl just picks at her food";
    - peck at, peck
     
  3. Express a negative opinion of
    "She picked at her student's efforts";
    - disparage, belittle

Derived forms: picking at, picks at, picked at

Type of: criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, eat, knock, pick apart, pull