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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First they hit the students, then they hammered the jobless and picked away at the disabled and most vulnerable.
The British MMA superstar showed his patience as he picked away at da Rocha to maintain his unbeaten BAMMA record.
CORVALLIS - The Springfield Titans scored four runs in the fourth inning and held on as the Corvallis Gerding Builders picked away at their lead in an eventual 5-4 American Legion baseball victory on Wednesday.
I picked away at it and, once people at the museum discovered it last year, I probably did more on it in six months than I did in nine years," said Lavin, an artist and former cabinet maker from Sterling.
A spokesman said: "Sometimes they chat on their mobile phones for 30 minutes while the other person picked away at their salad.
And as Mr Robertson expertly picked away at the strands of her varying accounts, the lies she admitted she told to the police and the complicated arrangements between 2002 and 2008, Mrs Darwin could only repeat her denials, that she had no choice as she was dominated by a manipulative husband, or that he had executed transactions himself.
England's reply was like pulling teeth as Andrew Strauss (60) and Michael Vaughan (30) and then Kevin Pietersen (22 not out) and the Bears' Ian Bell (4 not out) slowly picked away at New Zealand's discplined bowling attack.
It isn't known for sure who put the doll there but, over the years, most of it has been picked away at, leaving only the cavity in the pier wall.
O'Sullivan went back to his chair when leading 22-21 and it looked as if he picked away at the tip until it came away from the cue.
He's kind of picked away at it, and then there was (last) weekend.
Everyone found interesting ways to skate it anyway, but while that was going on Cole picked away at another manual trick.
That's not what has been done, so Diana has become an open sore which is just constantly picked away at.
Pianist Ethan Iverson looked like an adult version of the cartoon character Schroeder as he picked away at Satie on a tiny piano.
All Bryan Robson's men did was group themselves anxiously around their penalty area while Wednesday, little Benny Carbone the chief torturer, picked away at their defences.
We just picked away at our food, trying to keep our minds on other things until this big roar went up from the kitchen in the restaurant.