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  • verb Present participle of unpick.
  • noun The act or process by which something is unpicked or disentangled.


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  • She delights in unpicking and unpacking language, although she passes over educational jargon such as "Sats" and "pupil referral unit" with contempt.

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  • The complex waveforms of the signal delivered no meaning, and even the painstaking work which had been done in unpicking the signal – stripping out individual sounds – gave no indication of how they had been produced, or why.

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  • In unpicking how the "representations and images" were constructed, Ms. Eddé bypasses issues of motive, sincerity or even accuracy on the premise that they are essentially unknowable.

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  • I think your unpicking of how this is going on a lot of the time brings out that aspect of our stories and stories in general in a thought stirring way.

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  • You should have seen it before I started unpicking.

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  • Fascinating listening that makes a good stab at unpicking the tech and the law of DRM.

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  • You should have seen it before I started unpicking.

    Jean's Knitting

  • For ten years she waited faithfully for Odysseus to return from his wanderings, each day working on her tapestry, each night unpicking it so that there should be no leverage on her to marry one of the many suitors piling up at court.

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  • Those are due to my unpicking – the disaster itself happened at a point in the edging, and I picked back to the trough, and decided I had better stop before things got worse.

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  • Lloyds, though, was heartened this weekend by the Treasury select committee's warning against unpicking the deal.

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