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pick holes in (something)

To make an effort to find flaws or negative aspects in something through excessive analysis or criticism. Every time I show my brother one of my stories, he just picks holes in it without saying anything that he liked about it. Critics picked holes in his performance, but fans of the franchise seemed to love it.
See also: hole, pick
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pick holes in something

 
1. . and pick something to pieces to criticize something severely; to point out the flaws or fallacies in an argument. The lawyer picked holes in the witness's story. They will pick holes in your argument. Stop picking holes in everything I say!
2. to poke or pinch little holes in something. Look! You've picked holes in the bread! How can I make sandwiches? Who picked holes in the blanket?
See also: hole, pick
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pick holes in

see under pick apart.
See also: hole, pick
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pick holes in

To seek and discover flaws or a flaw in: picked holes in the argument.
See also: hole, pick
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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