pick at

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pick at express a negative opinion of "She disparaged her student's efforts"
    • v pick at eat like a bird "The anorexic girl just picks at her food"
    • v pick at pluck or pull at with the fingers "She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse"
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game rugby was originated at Rugby school located in England in 1823. This happened when William Webb Ellis, while playing soccer, picked the ball up in his hands and started running with it
    • Pick at to find fault with
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Quotations

  • Douglas William Jerrold
    Douglas William Jerrold
    “Happiness grows at our own firesides, and is not to be picked in stranger's gardens.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.

Usage

In literature:

They press eagerly against the wall, and in their feebleness pick vainly at it with their fingers.
"Derrick Sterling" by Kirk Monroe
Picking up one of the Arab swords he determined at least to sell his life as dearly as he could.
"The Dash for Khartoum" by George Alfred Henty
She picked at the metal hasp which covered the cheap lock.
"The Lion's Mouse" by C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
I just stepped back and picked at the roof for all I was worth.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
The child stared at it with round eyes, as if he longed to pick it up.
"The Best Short Stories of 1920" by Various
We'll pick up any fresh news at the county police station at Haslemere.
"The Grell Mystery" by Frank Froest
Each picked his man, and both guns rang out at the same time.
"For the Liberty of Texas" by Edward Stratemeyer
No other sound was to be heard except the picks of the miners at work in the stream.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
Stopped at Chamova to pick up one sick and one wounded American.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore
And with always the chance that a Gern cruiser in space might pick up the signal at any time before then.
"Space Prison" by Tom Godwin
I have had much ado to pick up a few old books at tolerable prices, and despair of any more.
"The Book-Hunter in London" by William Roberts
And no picking at your tie to get the knot undone.
"Pipefuls" by Christopher Morley
Gougeon sat picking at the candle-grease in his apathetic way.
"The False Chevalier" by William Douw Lighthall
In the meantime, the people we had picked up at sea were landed, and taken care of by the inhabitants of the place.
"Old Jack" by W.H.G. Kingston
I shall not fire at random, but pick out my man.
"Yr Ynys Unyg" by Julia de Winton
He picked up the bed rolls, and hurried ahead, Charley at his heels.
"Gold Seekers of '49" by Edwin L. Sabin
Constance picked up one and opened it at the yellowing title-page.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1905 to 1906" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
She picked it up and looked at it curiously, wondering from whom it could be.
"Stubble" by George Looms
But when Bevis put out his hand to stroke the colt, the colt started back, so he picked up a stick and threw it at him.
"Wood Magic" by Richard Jefferies
These we picked up at the edge of the mountains, beyond the camping ground.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
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In poetry:

"No matter how the poor are clothed,
Or if they starve at home,
We'll drink our wine, and eat our goose,
Aye, and pick it to the bone."
"The Christmas Goose" by William Topaz McGonagall
I leap aside, the train roars past,
And all my fancies, worn and sick,
Come slowly back, to die at last
In the sharp raspings of the pick.
"Railway Dreamings" by Alexander Anderson
With dawn came the gull to the crest,
Stared at the spray, fell asleep
Over the picked bones, the white face
Of the leaning man drowned deep;
"Message From Abroad" by Allen Tate
For, when at morning I arise,
There's not a star left in the skies;
She's picked them all and dropped them down
Into the meadows of the town.
"Daisies" by Frank Dempster Sherman
But tha knows 'at for monny a wick
Aw've been savin mi brass to get wed;
An aw'd meant thee gooin wi' me to pick
Aght some chairs an a table an bed.
"Matty's Reason" by John Hartley
Learn hence, for a birth-day, let gooseb'rries alone,
Unless you can fairly call gooseb'rries your own.
You'll there pick at ease, like a school-boy that lingers,
Avoid tainted garments, and pricking your fingers.
"The Birth-Day" by William Hutton

In news:

Philip Zaroo MLive Photo First-round draft picks Ndamukong Suh, left, and Jahvid Best, right, watch Jim Schwartz introduce them at their press conference at Detroit Lions headquarters in Allen Park, Mich.
"You're picking at your dinner," said John to his wife, Sharon.
While Boston's first-round draft pick JaJuan Johnson snagged Wafer 's No 12 at last Monday's rookie introductions, Wafer remains a potential free agent option for depth at the swingman spot.
Strathmere resident Linda Bateman picks picks up her mail at the post office.
This year's Men's Golf League Teams at Trenton will be picked on April 11th at 6:00 pm in the basement of the Riverside Country Clubhouse.
Critic's picks: Scott Cossu at Marine View jazz, "Sylvia" at Tacoma Little Theatre, Puyallup Fair art and landscapes from the PLU art collection .
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. John Calipari's first recruiting class is on campus and some of my friends at UK say the pick-up games this summer have been, shall we say, interesting.
When Chad Reed's parents gave him a $5,000 budget to pick out a mare at the 2009 Keeneland November mixed sale at age 11, he never dreamed it would eventually result in a Breeders ' Cup starter.
My grandfather always took me blueberry picking at the same local farm.
Think of these carbohydrates like a down blanket for the cold season, leaving California-grown carrots lacking in sweetness compared with carrots grown in our climate and picked at this time of year.
Upcoming events at California hotels that are aimed at food lovers include a craft beer program, wine tastings, a sushi class, tomato picking.
USC has two players expected to be taken in the first round, two more players who should definitely be picked at some point over the draft's three days and three other prospects who stand a chance of being selected.
Pictures for coloring can be picked up from now through Dec 15 at the office at 2415 Route 6 in Hawley, or can be downloaded from www.weichrtPG.com.
Councilman Jorge Vera was in a pick up truck at the corner of McPherson and International at 1:45am.
Got your pocket picked at midcourt.
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In science:

If τ and r instead of being constant are picked at random for each vertex or edge from some distributions P (τ ) and P (r), then the probability of percolation along any edge is simply the average of Eq. (65) over these two distributions (Warren et al., 2001, 2002): T = 1 − Z P (r)P (τ ) e−rτ dr dτ .
Random graphs as models of networks
However, when we estimate the effects of turbulent resistivity, we pick a representative energy at which to evaluate D/D0 as discussed in section 6.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
Pick a set X ⊆ A by choosing each a ∈ A to lie in X independently and at random with probability q .
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
Choose a set B ⊆ A by picking each element of k independently and at random with probability p.
Counting sets with small sumset, and the clique number of random Cayley graphs
Then, two trees are picked at random and attached to a common root.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
Then, two nodes are picked at random and a link is drawn between them.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
Otherwise pick a subsequence νj of ν such that vνj are flow lines with at least one cascade.
The Arnold-Givental conjecture and moment Floer homology
This is done by first picking a vertex of the triangulation at random and a subsequent slicing of the graph into shells of equal geodesic link-distance around that vertex.
The Harris-Luck criterion for random lattices
Let this line segment grow at unit speed until the first cut time τ1 . • At time τ1 pick a point uniformly on the segment that has been grown so far.
Rayleigh processes, real trees, and root growth with re-grafting
We would like now to “pick up at random” a point among {xj } and take it as the origin.
Mott law as lower bound for a random walk in a random environment
We wish to pick primes P uniformly at random from the primes of OL whose norm lies in the interval I .
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
Thus picking primes that are at least exp(c′ [L : Q]2+ǫ) will ensure (Theorem 5.2) that we have a positive density of supersingular primes.
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
Then we show that the probability that we pick a prime p, where E has supersingular good reduction at a prime above p goes to 0.
Complex Multiplication Tests for Elliptic Curves
The number of ways to pick the second string is at most 2W −S /(2H )ℓ , where S is the number of shared edges between the two cycles.
Balanced Boolean functions that can be evaluated so that every input bit is unlikely to be read
Two are drawn at random with replacement and a ball labeled with the group product (in the order they were picked) is added to the urn.
Random Multiplication Approaches Uniform Measure in Finite Groups
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