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Definition 1: express a negative opinion of - [verb of communication]

Samples where pick at or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She disparaged her student's efforts

Synonyms for pick at in the sense of this definition

(pick at is a kind of ...) 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"

(... is a kind of pick at ) express a totally negative opinion of

"The critics panned the performance"

(... is a kind of pick at ) damage the reputation of

"This newspaper story discredits the politicians"

(... is a kind of pick at ) belittle

"The teacher should not deprecate his student's efforts"

(... is a kind of pick at ) cause to seem less serious; play down

"Don't belittle his influence"

Definition 2: eat like a bird - [verb of consumption]

Samples where pick at or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The anorexic girl just picks at her food

Synonyms for pick at in the sense of this definition

(pick at is a kind of ...) take in solid food

"She was eating a banana" "What did you eat for dinner last night?"

Definition 3: pluck or pull at with the fingers - [verb of contact]

Samples where pick at or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse

Synonyms for pick at in the sense of this definition

(pick at is a kind of ...) apply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion

"Pull the rope" "Pull the handle towards you" "pull the string gently" "pull the trigger of the gun" "pull your knees towards your chin"

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