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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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Cotton should not be picked from unripe boll as it can damage quality of the rest of the stock.
The levels are dedicated by movement: Fast-moving items are picked from pallets and a light-directed area on the ground (1) and third levels (3), while the second level (2) is dedicated to slow moving items directed by RF scanning.
South Africa's JP Duminy was picked from platinum category by Islamabad United.
He said that the picked cotton should be kept at a clean cotton cloth and then stored at a dry and clean place and picking be repeated after an interval of at least 15-20 days to obtain mature fibre as the cotton picked from unripe boll yields low price.
Those orders are picked from an inventory of about 27,000 stock keeping units (SKUs) that are normally on hand at the approximately 300,000 square-foot DC.
Items picked from multiple work zones are placed on the conveyor and moved to the carousels.
In its Rochester, N.Y., distribution center, a mobile piece-picking robot augments voice-directed picking operations on a mezzanine dedicated to slow-moving products, while faster-movers are picked from shelves and pallets on the ground floor.
Suppressors: Silencers and suppressors, which are highly regulated, are stored and picked from a vertical lift module (not shown).
The gains in productivity come from keeping an associate in one place to do the job and then automatically delivering the items to be picked from storage.
Pallets and cases are picked from the bulk storage areas and delivered to the picking modules, where re-stockers scan bar code labels on the product and the picking location.
These also display the number of units to be picked from a case.