pick away

pick something away

to pull or pinch something loose from something. Mary picked the meat away from the bones. He picked away the burrs.
See also: away, pick
References in classic literature ?
He observed too that it opened and widened out into another spacious cavity; seeing which he made his way back to where the ass was, and with a stone began to pick away the clay from the hole until in a short time he had made room for the beast to pass easily, and this accomplished, taking him by the halter, he proceeded to traverse the cavern to see if there was any outlet at the other end.
Incredible Edibles started six years ago when one member of the group, Mary Clear, lowered the wall of her front garden in Todmorden, got rid of her rose bushes and replaced them with herbs and encouraged the locals to pick away.
We can all pick away at the make-up of the squad and the standard of the opposition, but they beat what was in front of them and played as a team.
Use the power of Venus to unpick things then pick away at what's left.
Inshore, redfish continue to roam the flats and pick away at oyster bars.
Lawmakers have discussed undoing those diversions for years and began to pick away at it last session.
But pick away at the scab encrusting Barnsley's relegation scrap in the Championship and you will find green shoots - from both sides of the divide.
The O's continued to pick away through a one-sided second half with Ness, Lisbie and Coulthirst on hand to add to the goal tally and heap the despair on Carlisle.
1 pick, debunking numerous reports that the rebuilding club was torn between two injured centers or trading the pick away.
They can still counter when necessary, but are now encouraged to pick away at opponents at their own will and convenience.
Obviously they have deficiencies in their defence so we'll have to pick away at that to break them.
And drones can continue to pick away without impediment.
However, they will certainly pick away at it, through a combination of attacks on how it is funded, blocking government agencies from implementing parts of it, and holding oversight hearings on how it functions.
So while Borja Valero sits patiently while Sevilla pick away at Albion with their bag of Euros - it could be a long wait Borja - the Baggies will be welcoming his compatriot Pablo Ibanez when they return to pre-season training next month.
As time allows, I've tried to pick away at this," he said.