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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theypick over
he/she/itpicks over
present participlepicking over
past tensepicked over
past participlepicked over
  1. 1
    pick over something to examine a collection of things carefully so that you can decide which ones you want

    Birds were picking over the garbage in the street.

  2. 2
    pick over something to talk about something in detail

    They spent ages picking over the flaws in his character.

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