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pick (2)

v. 1. [cf. OED pick (of a bird) to peck; (of an insect) to puncture obs. →6451 to bite; to peck: 1918 Mr. Fowl, if you don' pick me, I tell you something (Parsons 91). 1966 Sandfly is picking well tonight (Crowley 115). (Black)

2. [cf. PICK2 I and BITE 3] (of the stomach) to growl with hunger: My belly is pickin' me (White). My gut pickin' me (Eleu.). (Gen.)

3. [DJE II idem; cf. to pick a bone] to take the meat off bones: 1895 Dis little crane-crow gone, 'e pick de man [a corpse] (Edwards 71). 1978 Take fish, fry it and pick it (Higgs 17). cf PICK UP2 (Black)

-n. [from PICK2 v. 1] a bite (of fish on a line): I feel one little pick (Andros).

Tags: food, noun, verb

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Last update: 2012-12-02 16:18
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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