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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

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

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
References in classic literature ?
"To learn how to pick locks, I suppose," he added with sardonic bitterness.
Wearing a fisherman's hat, the prowler was accused of meticulously destroying security equipment and may have used a device to pick locks.
Wearing a trademark fisherman's hat, the prowler was accused of meticulously destroying security equipment and may have used a device to pick locks.
The prowler would always wear a fisherman's hat while carrying out burglaries, in which he meticulously destroyed security equipment and may have used a device to help him pick locks.
I also collared a window fitter to ask how I could break into my own house, and I bought a lock picking kit on the internet and learnt how to pick locks.
All summer long, Miyu instructs Mattie in how to pick locks, how to hold her breath underwater and how to conquer her fear of the spotlight.
Mattie is persistent, though, and soon, she is spending the summer learning how to pick locks, eventually becoming skilled enough to perform.
IMAGINATION UP TOP So much training ground time was spent on keeping the door closed, that Albion have no clue how to pick locks at the other end.
You also have the ability to pick locks which will lead you to interesting loot and weapons.
Furthermore, my mickey-taking eldest piped up 'dad, if the horse was clever enough to pick locks, then surely it would have ended upon whatever you had that was like 'Britain's got Talent.'' .'' After a brief silence, I decided not to try and explain That's Life or Opportunity Knocks, where a lockpicking horse probably wouldn't have got past the initial auditions.
Shomer-Tec has advanced the Locksmith's art of creating keys by producing a stealthy item that can be easily hidden inside a wallet and can be used to pick locks. The "Access Card" is a stainless steel sheet with a quartet of lockpicks punched out.
Feynman, a brilliant scientist, was just as compelling when talking about how to pick locks as when discussing how to paint and to play the bongos.
Of course, just because some burglars know how to pick locks doesn't mean that we don't lock our doors at night.
But while Tommy worried over serving dessert spoons with soup at supper in their perfect period house with beautiful soft furnishings, his plucky wife Tuppence was already using all her Girl Guide skills to pick locks with hairpins and generally save the country from the evils of the Soviet Bloc.
But while Tommy worried over serving dessert spoons with soup at supper in their perfect period house with beautiful soft furnishings, Tuppence was already using all her Girl Guide skills to pick locks with hairpins and generally save the country from the evils of the Soviet Bloc.