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pick from

1. To make a selection from a larger group or range. Our parents said we could pick from box of discounted toys. There wasn't much left to pick from by the time we got there.
2. To select a person or thing from a larger group or range. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "pick" and "from." You can pick one puppy from the litter to take home. We're having a hard time picking someone from the pool of applicants.
3. To identify someone or something from a similar group of people or things. Typically used in negative constructions. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "pick" and "from." They wore nondescript clothing and haircuts so you couldn't pick them from a crowd. The inexpensive computer runs so well that you couldn't pick it from a selection of high-end PCs.
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pick someone or something from someone or something

to choose someone from a group of people; to choose something from a group of things. I picked Joe from all the other boys. Tony picked this one from the collection.
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was so high, he wanted to pick someone from every area to support him on the date of the tour - and we're the northern contingent."
Many a time, you've got to pick someone from near a station or visit a place located next to a station.
Morsi had promised to pick someone from outside his Muslim Brotherhood group to lead a unity government.
Mr King was invited to pick someone from his constituency to receive the Local Hero certificate and enjoy a day out at Westminster.
"Where does the belief come from that you can pick someone from a teacher-prep program with basic knowledge and say, now you can teach like an expert?" asked Brian Palmer of the Arizona Department of Education.