Phrasal verbs with pick in English

Phrasal verbs with pick in English

Pick [pɪk] – this word is most often used in English as a verb and it can also be used as a noun.

Consider the verb pick as a phrasal verb and examples of the most frequent uses:

  • pick at
    • Stop picking at me!
    • I was so nervous I could only pick at my lunch
    • He tried to undo the knot by picking at it with his fingers
  • pick apart
    • I’ve had it with you trying to pick apart my happiness
  • pick off 
    • Snipers were picking off innocent civilians
    • Pick off all the dead leaves
  • pick on 
    • Greg, stop picking on your sister!
    • She started criticizing my work in front of my colleagues. Everything that I did, she picked on, no matter how trivial
  • pick out
    • She was able to pick out her attacker from a police lineup
    • Here are six rings. Pick out the one you like best
    • He picked out the tune on the piano with one finger
    • Read the play again and pick out the major themes
  • pick over 
    • Now, toss that pick over here, nice and slow
  • pick up 
    • He picked up the child and carried him into the house
    • I’ll pick up my stuff around six, okay?
    • If you go to live in another country you’ll soon pick up the language
    • She’s picked up a cold from a child at school
    • Trade usually picks up in the spring
    • Let’s pick up where we left off yesterday
    • The phone rang and rang and nobody picked up
    • He goes to clubs to pick up girls
  • pick up on
    • She failed to pick up on the humour in his remark
    • If I could just pick up on a question you raised earlier
    • I knew he would pick me up on that slip sooner or later
  • pick through
    • You’ve got to pick through the rubble and find value where others aren’t seeing it

What should be remembered with the verb pick

The verbs pick at and pick on have a similar meaning to cling to, cling to someone:

  • Stop picking at me! Why should I get the blame for everything?
  • School bullies picked on her for wearing glasses

The phrasal verb pick up has the most literal and figurative meanings here, which should be paid special attention to.

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