pick a lock

pick a lock

to open a lock without using a key. The robber picked the lock with a nail file. The thief picked the lock on the safe and stole the money.
See also: lock, pick

pick a ˈlock

open a lock without a key, using something such as a piece of wire: I can’t find my front door key. I don’t suppose you know how to pick a lock, do you?
See also: lock, pick
References in classic literature ?
A key is nothing," I said, "thee are many duplicates, and anyhow it is not difficult to pick a lock of this kind.