from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of one that picks.
- n. Something or a group of things that are or may be picked.
- n. Leftovers. Often used in the plural.
- n. A share of spoils.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. Present participle of pick.
- n. A gathering to pick fruit.
- n. Items remaining after others have selected the best; scraps, as of food.
- n. Income or other gains, especially if obtained in a unscrupulous or objectionable manner.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of digging or breaking up, as with a pick.
- n. The act of choosing, plucking, or gathering.
- n. That which is, or may be, picked or gleaned.
- n. Pilfering; also, that which is pilfered.
- n. The pulverized shells of oysters used in making walks.
- n. Rough sorting of ore.
- n. Overburned bricks.
- adj. Done or made as with a pointed tool.
- adj. Nice; careful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who picks, in any sense.
- n. In stone-working, same as dabbing, 1.
- n. 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.
- n. plural That which one can pick up or off; anything left to be picked or gleaned.
- n. Pilfering; stealing; also, that which is obtained by petty pilfering; perquisites gotten by means not strictly honest.
- n. Removing picks or defects in electrotype plates with the tools of an electrotype-finisher.
- n. plural The pulverized shells of oysters, used in making walks.
- n. A hard-burned brick.
- n. A rough sorting or cleaning, as of coal, from impurities.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the quantity of a crop that is harvested
- n. the act of picking (crops or fruit or hops etc.)
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Lift-sharers Jane and Steven, for example, have redefined the meaning of the phrase "picking somebody up".
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.
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.
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.
There is no reason to believe that government should replace -- or even supplement -- the private sector in picking companies.
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