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  • n  the person or thing chosen or selected
    he was my pick for mayor
  • n  the quantity of a crop that is harvested
    he sent the first picking of berries to the market
    it was the biggest peach pick in years
  • n  the best people or things in a group
  • n  the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
  • n  a small thin device (of metal or plastic or ivory) used to pluck a stringed instrument
  • n  a thin sharp implement used for removing unwanted material
    he used a pick to clean the dirt out of the cracks
  • n  a heavy iron tool with a wooden handle and a curved head that is pointed on both ends
    they used picks and sledges to break the rocks
  • n  a basketball maneuver; obstructing an opponent with one's body
    he was called for setting an illegal pick
  • n  the act of choosing or selecting
    you can take your pick
  • v  select carefully from a group
    She finally picked her successor
    He picked his way carefully
  • v  look for and gather
    pick mushrooms
    pick flowers
  • v  harass with constant criticism
    Don't always pick on your little brother
  • v  provoke
    pick a fight or a quarrel
  • v  remove in small bits
    pick meat from a bone
  • v  remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits
  • v  pilfer or rob
    pick pockets
  • v  pay for something
    pick up the tab
    pick up the burden of high-interest mortgages
  • v  pull lightly but sharply with a plucking motion
  • v  attack with or as if with a pickaxe of ice or rocky ground, for example
  • v  hit lightly with a picking motion
  • v  eat intermittently; take small bites of

  • As Barack Obama begins to assess his potential picks for his cabinet, Secretary of Education is not one of the positions you would necessarily expect him to focus on first.
  • Such a pick would be aimed not at the party's base but at the pool of independent voters who still aren't comfortable with Obama and are looking all summer for signs that he is .
  • Given the troubled state of the economy and the near implosion of America's financial industry, the most watched appointment of Barack Obama's cabinet will be his pick to lead the .
News & Articles


  • Donnie Walsh in BusinessWeek
    We are disappointed that LeBron James did not pick the New York Knicks, but we respect his decision,Walsh said.
  • James Patterson in The Associated Press
    Patterson says: "If e-books get people who might otherwise not be reading to pick up a book, then that makes me happy."
  • Andrew Cuomo in Forbes
    By allowing Washington Mutual to hand-pick appraisers who inflated values, First American helped set the current mortgage crisis in motion,Cuomo said.

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