HyperDic: pick_at

English > 3 senses of the expression pick at:
VERBcontactpick at, pluck at, pull atpluck or pull at with the fingers
consumptionpick at, peck at, peckeat like a bird
communicationpick at, disparage, belittleexpress a negative opinion of
English > pick at: 3 senses > verb 1, contact
Meaningpluck or pull at with the fingers.
PatternSomebody ----s something
Synonymspluck at, pull at
Broaderpullapply force so as to cause motion towards the source of the motion
Spanishdar tirones, tirar, tironear
English > pick at: 3 senses > verb 2, consumption
MeaningEat like a bird.
PatternSomebody ----s something
ModelThey pick at more bread
Synonymspeck at, peck
Broadereattake in solid food
Catalanpessigar, picar
English > pick at: 3 senses > verb 3, communication
MeaningExpress a negative opinion of.
PatternSomebody ----s something; Somebody ----s somebody
Synonymsdisparage, belittle
Narrowerdeprecate, depreciate, vilipendbelittle
discredit, disgracedamage the reputation of
minimize, belittle, denigrate, derogateCause to seem less serious
pan, tear apart, trashExpress a totally negative opinion of
Broaderknock, criticize, criticise, pick apartfind fault with
Oppositeflatter, blandishpraise somewhat dishonestly
Spanishdenigrar, despreciar, menospreciar

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