pick away at (something)

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pick away at (something)

To focus on, scrutinize, or dwell upon every small or minor fault, problem, or failing of or about something. I wish the principal wouldn't pick away at the teachers like that. They're all trying to be the best teachers they can!
See also: away, pick
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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) is picking away at the militant defenses in southwestern Idlib as they approach the town of Al-Hobeit near the Hama border.
If you want to talk to her about it again, then do it but then agree not to keep picking away at it.
If you want to talk to her about it again, then do it, but then agree not to keep picking away at it.
The Heisman Trophy finalist threw his 50th TD pass of the season in the first half while picking away at the vaunted Washington secondary minus injured Taylor Rapp, the second-team All-American safety.
Work from the center of the knot and out, picking away at it.
"A multitude of locations picking away at City jobs, however, suggests that a conglomeration of institutions may soon be a thing of the past," the report explained.
Callan Stevens kept picking away at the lead with Surtees unable to catch a fish and extend his advantage, blanking again on the last match.
Once you start picking away at one strand, it all falls apart.
We need to keep winning and picking away at Ealing at the top."
Senate against Ted Cruz and are now picking away at the job he has done as lieutenant governor.
With Sexton's Leinster and Ireland team-mate Brian O'Driscoll missing the first Lions' squad meeting in London due to a slight back injury, the idea of not making the tour will be picking away at the players until the first Test in Brisbane on June 22.
"We'll be picking away at it for a number of years," Butler said.
As a result, locals and thieves have been picking away at the skeleton of the factory.