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
Sorry, no etymologies found.
She's also hoping that the ID card scheme will be too far advanced for any future non-Labour administration to "unpick".
Swanson says he will "unpick" the yellow dot from the green the next morning once the new holes are cut.
He said there must be no attempt to "unpick" the agreement between the coalition government parties.
Hunt said last month that the Tories will "unpick" any agreed trial contracts with bidders if it secures power at the general election.
As archaeologists unpick carbon chemistry, the mind's eye can now rebuild the tragic majesty of Machu Picchu or the dark mystery of Angkor.
Scotland's problem is becoming a mental one, and that is far harder to unpick.
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.
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."
Ive 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.
As mentioned in my previous blog our childhood creates the hardwiring that we end up having to unpick as an adult.