peck out


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peck (something) out

1. Literally, to remove something by forcibly and violently pecking at it. We were horrified to see that the birds had pecked his eyes out by the time we arrived.
2. To type something on a typewriter or keyboard by slowly and carefully finding and hitting individual keys. This is why I write everything by hand—it took me nearly half an hour to peck out a formal response on this damned computer! I sat staring off into space before I pecked three words out: "This is rubbish."
See also: out, peck

peck out

v.
To remove something by pecking: The birds pecked the worms out of the apples. The vultures pecked out the dead rabbit's innards.
See also: out, peck