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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The Wolves rallied, gradually picking away at the Eagles' advantage, with Perris Blackwell and Spaniard Javier Mugica leading the charge - narrowing the score at half-time to 49-46.
As DCI Cassie Stuart (Walker) and DS Sunny Khan (Bhaskar) start picking away at the cold case, we come to realise that these four are perhaps not quite as they first seemed.
Once you start picking away at one strand, it all falls apart.
The Liverpool teenager landed decent shots of her own, especially in the third, but the top seed's countering was close to perfect, picking away at Colebourn's defence.
We need to keep winning and picking away at Ealing at the top.
Actually, I spent most of the shoot picking away at what was on offer.
Senate against Ted Cruz and are now picking away at the job he has done as lieutenant governor.
The video Les Etats de la matiere--le mur (States of Matter--Wall; all works 2013) shows her nimbly breaking through the wall of an early-nineteenth-century stone house with her fingers, dislodging stones by picking away at the crumbling mortar.
With Sexton's Leinster and Ireland team-mate Brian O'Driscoll missing the first Lions' squad meeting in London due to a slight back injury, the idea of not making the tour will be picking away at the players until the first Test in Brisbane on June 22.
We'll be picking away at it for a number of years," Butler said.
As a result, locals and thieves have been picking away at the skeleton of the factory.
But I'm still picking away at it, I don't know nothing else.
Constantly edgy, picking away at his arm, not making eye contact, he was in a sad state, appearing to have weighty matters on his mind.
Everyone was picking away at him from almost the moment he arrived in Newcastle and he had to put up with living in the shadow of Trey (Moore), who had been so successful with us last season.