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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 ?
Bob Sawyer proceeded to divert himself by peeping into the desk, looking into all the table drawers, feigning to pick the lock of the iron safe, turning the almanac with its face to the wall, trying on the boots of Mr.
If the virus can pick the lock, it can get into the cell and potentially infect the host."
The Mirror reportsZara posted a picture to her Instagram story showing Adam at their front door, seemingly looking like he's trying to pick the lock.
To test the lock, the government gave it to a lock-picker who was in jail, offering him his freedom if he could pick the lock. He tried for 10 weeks, but couldn't open the lock.
The endeavour of Daniel Candeias suits Gerrard's high-pressing style but unless he can discover a way to pick the lock of opposition defences he may also find himself a bit-part player this term.
Unaccustomed to such a scenario, they were plainly out of their comfort zone and had no idea to pick the lock.
Boro couldn't pick the lock of Norwich's tactical straitjacket.
When he didn't receive any answer, he decided to pick the lock of the door.
If the side continues to play with the same personnel, expect the same mid-table Premier The ability to stretch play in behind, physical presence to ring fence your attacks around, coupled with players with the ability to pick the lock of a packed backline.
According to the local paper in San Fidenzio, Padua, Italy, the woman and her lover had tried and failed to pick the lock after realising the key was missing.
Police said that Henry used the card to pick the lock at a friend's mobile home.
Lock it and they will find the key, pick the lock or figure out the combination.
When you looked across United's middle four upon the team sheet being made public the fear was that there was not a playmaker in sight, not a player to pick the lock of a suspect Southampton defence.
Her face was a picture she only won five quid She called him a few choice names and not one of them was Sid Beryl isn't speaking to Ernie he sat on her stick of rock He's also lost the front door key and is trying to pick the lock I think I'll leave them to it I could do with a cuppa I've got a nice bit of boiled ham I'm looking forward to for me supper So if your family starts to moan just turn the other cheek Because chances are nothings changed and it will be just the same next week Val Boycott, Milner Crescent, Coventry.