previous next
Pick (cf. Peck), 1) to prick, to stick, to strike with a pointed instrument: “p. out mine eyes with a ballad-maker's pen,” Ado I, 1, 254. to p. one's teeth == to cleanse them by means of a toothpick: All's III, 2, 8. Wint. IV, 4, 780. I'll p. your teeth == I'll curry you, Lr. IV, 6, 250.
2) to pluck, to gather, to take up: “we may p. a thousand salads,” All's IV, 5, 15. “p. a sallet,” H6B IV, 10, 9. “he could not stay to p. them in a pile of musty stuff,” Cor. V, 1, 25. Figuratively, == to cull, to gather, to find out: “could p. no meaning from their parling looks,” Lucr. 100. “at --ed leisure, which shall be shortly, single I'll resolve you,” Tp. V, 247. “what an unweighed behaviour hath this Flemish drunkard --ed out of my conversation,” Wiv. II, 1, 24. “out of this silence yet I --ed a welcome,” Mids. V, 100. “how much honour would be --ed from the chaff and ruin of the times,” Merch. II, 9, 48. “and p. strong matter of revolt and wrath out of the bloody fingers' ends of John,” John III, 4, 167. “now you p. a quarrel,” H4A III, 3, 76 (== seek; Mrs. Quickly's speech). “--ed from the wormholes of long-vanished days,” H5 II, 4, 86. “as I may p. occasion,” III, 2, 111 (Captain Jamy's speech). “to be honest is to be one man --ed out of ten thousand,” Hml. II, 2, 179. “not to p. bad from bad,” Oth. IV, 3, 106. to p. out == to find out: “hath --ed out an act,” Meas. I, 4, 64. “--ed out the dullest scent,” Shr. Ind. 1, 24. “the whole world again cannot p. out five such,” LLL V, 2, 548 (Ff Q2 prick). “could the world p. thee out three such enemies,” H4A II, 4, 403. “what hotter hours you have luxuriously --ed out,” Ant. III, 13, 120. to p. up == to gather, to acquire, to make: “if in our youths we could p. up some pretty estate,” Per. IV, 2, 36.
Partic. --ed, adjectively, == refined: “he is too --ed, too spruce, too affected,” LLL V, 1, 14. “my --ed man of countries,” John I, 193. “the age is grown so --ed,” Hml. V, 1, 151. The gerund --ing, adjectively, == sought industriously: “the king is weary of dainty and such --ing grievances,” H4B IV, 1, 198 (German: gesucht).
3) to open (originally by a pointed instrument), and hence to steal from, to steal: “were beauty under twenty locks kept fast, yet love breaks through and --s them all at last,” Ven. 576. Cymb. II, 2, 41. “the penitent instrument to p. that bolt,” V, 4, 10. “--ing a kernel out of a pomegranate,” All's II, 3, 276. “to p. a purse,” Wiv. I, 1, 154. Wint. IV, 4, 627. H4A II, 1, 56. Tim. IV, 2, 12. “--ed my pocket,” H4A III, 3, 61. H4A III, 3, 61 H4A III, 3, 61 H4A III, 3, 61 H4A III, 3, 61 H4A III, 3, 61 H4A III, 3, 61
4) to pitch, to throw: “as high as I could p. my lance,” Cor. I, 1, 204. In H8 V, 4, 94 O. Edd. peck.
hide Dictionary Entry Lookup
Use this tool to search for dictionary entries in all lexica.
Search for in
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: