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pick through (something)
To search through something very carefully in order to find something else. It's really quite sad seeing droves of children picking through these garbage heaps, looking for something they can eat or sell. I picked through my sister's wardrobe to see if there was anything I wanted.
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To search carefully through something, especially a disorganized mass: I picked through the pile of clothes, looking for a pair of matching socks.
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