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pick a lock

To open a lock by manipulating it with tools other than a key. It's very handy having someone who can pick a lock on the team. He picked the lock on his cell using nothing more than a paperclip.
See also: lock, pick
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pick a lock

to open a lock without using a key. The robber picked the lock with a nail file. The thief picked the lock on the safe and stole the money.
See also: lock, pick
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pick a ˈlock

open a lock without a key, using something such as a piece of wire: I can’t find my front door key. I don’t suppose you know how to pick a lock, do you?
See also: lock, pick
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