Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A place where cotton is picked.
  • n. petty theft

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Petty theft.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The stealing of trifles; pilfering.

Etymologies

From pick to steal, or perhaps from pickeer. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I see the huge sugar-house, or tobacco-shed, or cotton "pickery;" and there, too, are the neat

    The Quadroon Adventures in the Far West

  • I personally didn't like the combat, but that's just nit-pickery.

    Richard Morgan on writing SF for video games

  • The overall phenomenon of the committee vs Obama and the way this committee is operating with the help of the MSM ..... gets lost in that nit-pickery.

    Election Central Saturday Roundup

  • Oh, and a small piece of pointless nit-pickery, but since Cosmic Encounter was the inspiration for Magic: The Gathering, wouldn't it have been nice to list it above Magic?

    Simple Framework, Special Abilities

  • May 18th, 2006 at 1: 35 am jack says: well, though I agree that this to make much of this is true nit-pickery … ..

    Think Progress » Memorandum To Tony Snow On The Use Of The Term ‘Tar Baby’

  • No, sir; if a trifle stolen in the street is termed mere pickery, but is elevated into sacrilege if the crime be committed in a church, so, according to the just gradations of society, the guilt of an injury is enhanced by the rank of the person to whom it is offered, done, or perpetrated, sir.

    Chapter XLII

  • [11] Julia Mannering reminds me a little of Julia Townsend: and if this be doubtful, the connection of Jerry's "Old madam gave me some higry-pigry" and Cuddie's "the leddy cured me with some hickery-pickery" is not.

    The English Novel

  • No, sir; if a trifle stolen in the street is termed mere pickery, but is elevated into sacrilege if the crime be committed in a church, so, according to the just gradations of society, the guilt of an injury is enhanced by the rank of the person to whom it is offered, done, or perpetrated, sir. '

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Volume 02

  • I shall refrain from commenting upon the exquisite excellenceness of omni and my football pickery mad skilz this week, as there are still two games left to play.

    Redskins Insider Podcast -- The Washington Post

  • I ne’er gat ony gude by his doctrine, as ye ca’t, but a sour fit o’ the batts wi’ sitting amang the wat moss-hags for four hours at a yoking, and the leddy cured me wi’ some hickery-pickery; mair by token, an she had kend how I came by the disorder, she wadna hae been in sic a hurry to mend it.”

    Old Mortality

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