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Noun: picking  pi-king
  1. The quantity of a crop that is harvested
    "he sent the first picking of berries to the market";
    - pick
  2. The act of picking (crops, fruit or hops etc.)
Verb: pick  pik
  1. Select carefully from a group
    "She finally picked her successor"; "He picked his way carefully"
  2. Look for and gather
    "pick mushrooms"; "pick flowers";
    - pluck, cull
  3. Harass with constant criticism
    "Don't always pick on your little brother";
    - blame, find fault
  4. Provoke
    "pick a fight or a quarrel"
  5. Remove in small bits
    "pick meat from a bone"
  6. Remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
    "pick the turkey";
    - clean
  7. Pilfer or rob
    "pick pockets"
  8. Pay for something
    "pick up the tab";
    - foot
  9. Pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
    "he picked the strings of his mandolin";
    - pluck, plunk
  10. Hit for example ice or rocky ground) with or as if with a pickaxe
    "Pick open the ice";
    - break up
  11. Hit lightly with a picking motion
    - peck, beak
  12. Eat intermittently; take small bites of
    "She never eats a full meal--she just picks";
    - nibble, piece

Derived forms: pickings

See also: pick off, pick over, pick up

Type of: call forth, choose, collect, criticise [Brit], criticize, damn, draw, eat, evoke, force, garner, gather, kick up, knock, manual labor [US], manual labour [Brit, Cdn], output, pay, pick apart, pick out, pierce, production, provoke, pull, pull together, remove, rob, select, strike, take, take away, withdraw, yield

Encyclopedia: Picking