pick holes

pick holes in (something)

To make an effort to find flaws or negative aspects in something through excessive analysis or criticism. Every time I show my brother one of my stories, he just picks it apart without saying anything that he liked about it. Critics picked apart his performance, but fans of the franchise seemed to love it.
See also: hole, pick

pick holes

criticize.
See also: hole, pick

pick ˈholes (in something)

(informal) criticize something or find fault with something, for example a plan, a reason, an argument, etc: It’s easy for you to pick holes in my explanation, but have you got a better one?
See also: hole, pick
References in classic literature ?
Began to tell his adventures in a vague way, but somebody started to pick holes, and he just shut up like an oyster.
We're not going to pick holes in each other's coats, I suppose.
If I may pick holes in your philosophy, Miss Vinrace, which has its merits, I would point out that a human being is not a set of compartments, but an organism.
Let's face it, people are always going to pick holes in your game.
If you were being ultra-critical you could also pick holes in manager Emery, goalkeeper Alphonse Areola and midfield anchor Thiago Motta.
Dan then doggedly pursues Jon in an effort to pick holes in his seemingly charmed life and ruin his reputation - all in the hope of getting justice for Alex.
Southern Kings 10 Leinster 31 LEO Cullen is still waiting for his side to registered an 80-minute performance that he's fully happy with, but with 15 points from 15, it's hard to pick holes in Leinster's PRO14 campaign to date.
Hull boss Mike Phelan said: "I am not going to pick holes in the players.
in the past I compared Sam to Tony Pulis; the fans are happy when you're winning but when the results don't come they begin to pick holes in the style of compared Sam to Tony Pulis; the fans are happy when you're winning but when the results don't come they begin to pick holes in the style of football.
For the record it feels improper to pick holes in her shoe choice when she was being recognised for her work with the PVSI (campaign to end sexual violence in war zones) but this is a column on style so forgive me.
To those who would like to pick holes with the way the gangs were depicted, let me say this.
The candidates brush up their business plans, before Lorshugga's friends pick holes in them.
London, Mar 28 ( ANI ): Kate Winslet says that watching her 1997 hit 'Titanic' is a "profoundly weird experience" and she finds it hard not to pick holes in her acting.
Fatfat, who did not fail to pick holes in the proportionality-based proposal of Interior Minister Marwan Charbel, maintained that the Orthodox Gathering's electoral project could be a basis for other suggestions.
Despite that setback the Ospreys were finding it far too easy to pick holes in the Treviso defence, and Rhys Webb's sniping run eventually yielded a simple penalty for Biggar to put them back in front.