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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PICK OUT

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

"You bring me out my sermon-box after breakfast, an' I'll pick out one," said he, happily.

But there he sets and sets over that organ, trying to pick out tunes!

Know you, why, you knock-kneed old Siwash, I could pick out your hide in a tanyard!

Do you think it will be one of these mills you'll pick out for your first job?

By what I can pick out of your flowery description, your brother is no beau.

Now, why don't you go up and pick out some of those summer goods?

The man stared and stared, but he could not pick out his son.

“Pick out what you need,” he ordered, as he held the money toward her.

They pick out a particular sunning place and will return to it regularly.

WORD ORIGIN

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).

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