from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To shoot or bring down, one by one.


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  • As his leader struggled to maintain control of his aircraft and grasped for precious altitude, his problems were further compounded as the rapacious Mig-21's, waiting, looking and hoping to pick off a straggler, spotted the sick bird.

    Thud Ridge

  • This gave Flinx time to observe how the creatures would fly as close to the tops of the surrounding vegetation as possible, skimming the crests of the grass-like growths as they used their long, pointed bills to pick off any plant-dwellers foolish or unlucky enough to be lingering near the top of the sward.

    Running from the Deity

  • Admiral Maass, commander of High Seas Fleet destroyers, who was on board Köln, did not know whether the battle was continuing, but he hoped at least to be able to pick off some British cripples or stragglers.

    Castles of Steel

  •  Through his field glasses, he could see a large man standing just behind the front lines, using a large recurved bow to pick off enemy soldiers.

    Lord Conrads Crusade

  • A 3. 7cm Pak tried to pick off a tank mounted on the train, but just as Wittmann reached the antitank gun it took a direct hit and was blown to pieces.

    Panzer Aces

  • Rowan deliberately didn't return fire, though she ached to pick off a few of the Sigs.


  • Sir Percy’s cavalry was sent out to reinforce the screening guards, and to pick off any of the enemy who tried to escape.

    Lord Conrads Crusade


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