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phrasal verb [transitive]
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present tense
I/you/we/theypick at
he/she/itpicks at
present participlepicking at
past tensepicked at
past participlepicked at

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  1. 1
    pick at something to eat only small amounts of a meal because you do not feel hungry

    Most of the time he just picks at his food.

  2. 2
    pick at something same as pick1 (sense 3)

    He picked at a loose thread on his coat.

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