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  • The snick-click of a well-picked lock never sounded so good.

    Songs of Love & Death

  • She was afraid she might eat me alive and leave nothing behind but a few well-picked bones.

    Tell me again why I left the theatre

  • The scavengers stayed aloft, but as soon as Varian lifted the sled they descended as if they hoped the intruders had discovered something they'd missed in the well-picked carcass.

    Cattle Town

  • In "The Antipodean Cookery Book", first published in 1895, Mrs. Lance Rawson has a stew recipe with listed ingredients including a dozen parrots "well-picked and cleaned."

    Care for Some Marsupial Soup?

  • At that point the testing guidelines become more important than voting, and the “well-picked council” inherits the power imbalance currently occupied by the electoral college.

    replacing the electoral college

  • Unlikely that they'll have the entire selection that you can order ahead from their Culver City store, but even a well-picked subset of the extensive list -- which includes 7-grain sour wheat, rosemary caramelized onion focaccia, Pullman loaves perfect for truffled egg toast, and seven types of baguette, not to mention a variety of ryes and challahs for those Fairfax denizens with Jewier bread needs -- would be very exciting.

    Archive 2008-03-01

  • A reporter who visited this hospital in 1855, the year the railroad was finished, wrote of seeing “the melancholy rows” of sick and dying men, then of being escorted by the head physician to an adjoining piazza, “where, in conscious pride, he displayed to me his collection of well-picked skeletons and bones, bleaching and drying in the hot sun.”

    The Path Between the Seas

  • I declined to tell him about the Gypsy I'd gone to in Italy — the one with a well-picked savin bush in her vegetable garden — and the rue tea Mimi had persuaded me to try.1

    Tales of Passion, Tales of Woe

  • Rooted in the dark blue expanse of the bay, its rust-colored remains look like the well-picked skeleton of some immense, prehistoric beast.

    Star Trek

  • Think about it, though: Would 1 revisit my childhood to cull happy memories and find they are as rare as ripe blackberries on a well-picked bush?

    the secret sense

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