from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act of one that picks.
- noun Something or a group of things that are or may be picked.
- noun Leftovers.
- noun A share of spoils.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun A rough sorting or cleaning, as of coal, from impurities.
- noun The act of one who picks, in any sense.
- noun In stone-working, same as
- noun The final dressing or finishing of woven fabrics by going over the surface and removing burs and blemishes by hand, or retouching the color with dye by means of a camel's-hair pencil.
- noun plural That which one can pick up or off; anything left to be picked or gleaned.
- noun Pilfering; stealing; also, that which is obtained by petty pilfering; perquisites gotten by means not strictly honest.
- noun Removing picks or defects in electrotype plates with the tools of an electrotype-finisher.
- noun plural The pulverized shells of oysters, used in making walks.
- noun A hard-burned brick.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Done or made as with a pointed tool.
- adjective obsolete Nice; careful.
- adjective (Weaving) See
Picker, n., 3.
- noun The act of digging or breaking up, as with a pick.
- noun The act of choosing, plucking, or gathering.
- noun That which is, or may be, picked or gleaned.
- noun Pilfering; also, that which is pilfered.
- noun engraving The pulverized shells of oysters used in making walks.
- noun (Mining) Rough sorting of ore.
- noun Overburned bricks.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb Present participle of
- noun A gathering to pick
- noun usually pluralized
Itemsremaining after others have selected the best; scraps, as of food.
- noun usually pluralized
Incomeor other gains, especially if obtained in a unscrupulousor objectionablemanner.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun the quantity of a crop that is harvested
- noun the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)
Sorry, no etymologies found.
One of the best-known distressed asset investors on Wall Street, Matlin built his name picking the bones of crumbling companies like MCI WorldCom and chemicals producer Huntsman Corp. Just before the banking sector blew up in 2008, his private equity firm, MatlinPatterson Global Advisors, had little trouble raising $5 billion from investors and was ready to take advantage.
Lift-sharers Jane and Steven, for example, have redefined the meaning of the phrase "picking somebody up".
Except it simply amounts to one thing and he is what they call picking your brains, he ventured to throw o. ut.
-- Except it simply amounts to one thing and he is what they call picking your brains, he ventured to throw out.
MRS. ANSELL was engaged in what she called picking up threads.
There is no reason to believe that government should replace -- or even supplement -- the private sector in picking companies.
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Because he has shown his "greatness" in picking lousy staff, burning through cash and alienating the electorate?
As long as someone is making money tax revenue is generated ... no need to be lucky in picking which companies will make money.