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She won't think much of a boy that has to pick berries for a living.

You pick one that's full-chested, that's got a fairish-sized nose, and that likes cats.

If I am discharged I think I can manage to pick up a living somehow.

Do you expect me to pick up everything you've thrown in the mud and feel grateful?

Every now and then she swerved aside to pick the red campion.

The gage had been thrown down to Andrew, and he dared not pick it up.

He made of himself but a cock, set for a while on the world's heap to scratch and pick.

He stood blinking, trying to pick up their meaning with his eyes.

Even when they did pick out novels, they were just as tough as the history books.

Why had he stooped to pick up the cloak if they were not following—if he had not been afraid of losing it?


early 13c., picken "to peck;" c.1300, piken "to work with a pick," probably representing a fusion of Old English *pician "to prick," (implied by picung "a piercing, pricking," an 8c. gloss on Latin stigmata) with Old Norse pikka "to prick, peck," from a common Germanic root (cf. Middle Dutch picken, German picken "to pick, peck"), perhaps imitative. Influence from Middle French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)) also is possible, but that French word generally is not considered a source of the English word. Related: Picked; picking.

Meaning "to eat with small bites" is from 1580s. The meaning "to choose, select, pick out" emerged late 14c., from earlier meaning "to pluck with the fingers" (early 14c.). Sense of "to rob, plunder" (c.1300) weakened to a milder sense of "steal petty things" by late 14c. Of forcing locks with a pointed tool, by 1540s. Meaning "to pluck (a banjo)" is recorded from 1860. To pick a quarrel, etc. is from mid-15c.; to pick at "find fault with" is from 1670s. Pick on "single out for adverse attention" is from late 14c.; pick off "shoot one by one" is recorded from 1810; baseball sense of "to put out a runner on base" is from 1939. Also cf. pick up. To pick and choose "select carefully" is from 1660s (choose and pick is attested from c.1400).



verblegally care for another's child


verblegally care for another's child
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