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pick on (someone or something)
1. To harass, bully, or tease someone or something. If kids are picking on you at school, you need to tell me or your teacher about it. They accused the country of picking on nations smaller and weaker than itself.
2. To focus on someone or something, especially to an excessive degree. I don't understand why the boss is picking on my contribution to the project, when everyone was equally to blame. The government has been picking on the housing market in its campaign for regulatory reforms.
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pick on someone or something
to harass or bother someone or something, usually unfairly. Please stop picking on me! I'm tired of it. You shouldn't pick on the cat.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
Tease, bully, victimize, as in She told Mom the boys were always picking on her. [Second half of 1800s] This expression is sometimes put as pick on someone your own size, meaning "don't badger someone who is younger, smaller, or weaker than yourself but do so only to an equal."
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.
To treat someone badly or unfairly, especially by teasing or bullying: My big sister always picks on me. The kids at school pick on him for wearing glasses.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.