pick apart

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pick apart find fault with; express criticism of; point out real or perceived flaws "The paper criticized the new movie","Don't knock the food--it's free"
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Usage

In literature:

If the drums were not on him he would return and pick the old mansion apart, lath by lath.
"The Drums Of Jeopardy" by Harold MacGrath
A new knife lay in the tissue paper inside and I picked it up and handed it to Vance, along with the order and the plan of Hawberk's apartment.
"The King in Yellow" by Robert W. Chambers
Idly the Princess Louise plucked a leaf from the old, old vine, picked it apart and let the pieces float away.
"Under the Rose" by Frederic Stewart Isham
For the study of fat, a piece of suet is best, as it can be easily picked apart to show its formation.
"Ontario Teachers' Manuals: Household Management" by Ministry of Education
With all our care not to snarl or curl it, it will get matted and must therefore be picked apart again.
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
He picked up Mary Ann at her apartment and together they went to a sporting goods store.
"The Perfectionists" by Arnold Castle
You know how a chap will absently pick a bunch of flowers apart.
"The Place of Honeymoons" by Harold MacGrath
He has picked the rope apart and made this chain of the threads.
"The End of a Coil" by Susan Warner
The rags are fed into a 'picker' up in the 'pick room,' and come out all torn apart.
"Under Fire" by Frank A. Munsey
In picking, the stems should be rejected, and the saps and inferior pods, if gathered at all, be kept apart from the rest.
"The Peanut Plant" by B. W. Jones
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In news:

Roger Federer scored his biggest victory against Rafael Nadal in more than three years, picking apart his top-ranked rival in the championship match of the ATP World Tour Finals on Sunday.
This kid picked the wrong apartment to break into.
Matt Barkley 's game — and season — get picked apart.
Pittsburgh's offense picked New England apart and made a statement.
He also criticized a process that has provided little time to publicly address the school board after district staff picked apart the charter petition.
Giants pick apart the Packers.
1 NBA draft pick this year, and the newest player for the Washington Wizards, used to live in a small apartment with his mother.
Andrew Weber/US PresswireAndy Dalton picked apart the Giants defense on Sunday, throwing for a career-high four touchdowns.
When Bernard Hopkins picked Antonio Tarver apart for 12 rounds in June 2006 to become IBO light heavyweight champion, he vowed to call it quits.
So, here are more fun lists to pick apart.
Lafayette Animal Control picked up a rabid dog last Tuesday that was found wandering around Willow Brook Apartments at 1307 West Willow Street.
Robinson allegedly picked the woman up at her residence and drove her back to his Hawthorne apartment, where he sexually assaulted her on Nov 3.
"The way you tell you pick it up and roll it and oh yeah, that has substance it doesn't just fall apart in your hands," said biologist Erik Silldorf.
That's the fun with lists, picking them apart, shredding them, setting them on fire and wiping your rear on them.
You could pick John Darnielle's songs apart for years.
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