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!
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The journeymen cover up a lot and are hard to break down whereas someone like this will come to win and when he throws his shots I'll be able to pick away at the gaps that he leaves.
When those he loves pick away at the thread of tradition, his choices become more and more impossible to make.
Other efforts to pick away at the Driver Responsibility Program were also floated but appear similarly stalled as the session winds down.
He wants to pick away at the mounting allegations that officers were quietly going out of control as they infiltrated activist groups and unions.
We can all pick away at the make-up of the squad and the standard of the opposition, but they beat what was in front of them and played as a team.
Inshore, redfish continue to roam the flats and pick away at oyster bars.
They can still counter when necessary, but are now encouraged to pick away at opponents at their own will and convenience.
Obviously they have deficiencies in their defence so we'll have to pick away at that to break them.
Concentration is important against everybody but Northampton are likely to try to pick away at the corners and will pounce on any slip-ups.
However, they will certainly pick away at it, through a combination of attacks on how it is funded, blocking government agencies from implementing parts of it, and holding oversight hearings on how it functions.
So while Borja Valero sits patiently while Sevilla pick away at Albion with their bag of Euros - it could be a long wait Borja - the Baggies will be welcoming his compatriot Pablo Ibanez when they return to pre-season training next month.
As time allows, I've tried to pick away at this," he said.
Einstein, The Aether & Variable Rest Mass: Correcting Misunderstandings that have Made Relativity Seem Counterintuitive" is a science and mathematics discussion of the Einstein's theories from Jack Heighway who offers his own tweaks on Einstein's work to counter people in the modern scientific community who pick away at the genius's theories.
Some people don't want to be happy, so they pick away at something until they find problems.
The post-mortem will pick away at the bones of this mess.