pick away at (something)

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pick away at (something)

To focus on, scrutinize, or dwell upon every small or minor fault, problem, or failing of or about something. I wish the principal wouldn't pick away at the teachers like that. They're all trying to be the best teachers they can!
See also: away, pick
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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.
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.
Once again though, the Eagles showed their character and strength and began to pick away at Glasgow's lead.
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.
Einstein, The Aether & Variable Rest Mass: Correcting Misunderstandings that have Made Relativity Seem Counterintuitive" is a science and mathematics discussion of the Einstein's theories from Jack Heighway who offers his own tweaks on Einstein's work to counter people in the modern scientific community who pick away at the genius's theories.
Some people don't want to be happy, so they pick away at something until they find problems.
The post-mortem will pick away at the bones of this mess.
However, your top-bat selection should be Jayawardene, who will bed down and calmly pick away at the support bowlers.