pick over

pick over
phrasal verb [transitive]
Word forms "pick over":
present tense I/you/we/they pick over he/she/it picks over present participle picking over past tense picked over past participle picked over
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 rubbish washed up on the beach.

2) pick over something to talk about something in detail

They spent ages picking over the flaws in his character.


English dictionary. 2014.

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