Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To undo (sewing) by removing stitches: unpick a seam.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To undo sewing stitches.
  • v. To undo knitting in order to reuse the wool.
  • v. To unravel or untangle the threads of a rope etc.
  • v. To disassemble.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To pick out; to undo by picking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pick; open with a pick or other instrument.
  • To pick out; undo by picking: as, to unpick stitches.
  • To pick out the stitches of; rip.
  • To pick out stitches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)
  • v. become or cause to become undone by separating the fibers or threads of

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Examples

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  • He said there must be no attempt to "unpick" the agreement between the coalition government parties.

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  • Hunt said last month that the Tories will "unpick" any agreed trial contracts with bidders if it secures power at the general election.

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  • Scotland's problem is becoming a mental one, and that is far harder to unpick.

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  • Ditto the work that requires too lengthy explanation in Folkestone's delightfully spooky Masonic Hall, a new and extremely winning venue in 2011, the artist Olivia Plender gamely tried to unpick for me her film installation Are Dreams Hallucinations During Sleep or Hallucinations Waking Dreams; alas, I am still none the wiser – all I can tell you is that it involves a local am dram group doing improvisations.

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  • She likens an investigation's early stages to "working a tapestry; at times it was as if she were searching for loose threads so that she could unpick the completed image to see what might lie underneath."

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  • I’ve been poring over Mrs Dalloway in the last few months, trying to unpick the prose and the structure, in an attempt to work out how Woolf does it.

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  • As mentioned in my previous blog our childhood creates the hardwiring that we end up having to unpick as an adult.

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