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 nascent anger of Lucas's work, which picks away at the social, political, and economic fabric of lives lived in the dirty underbelly of Thatcher's Britain, was in stark and startling evidence throughout.
The song and dance routines are delightfully familiar while the script picks away at everyday matters from table mats to haemorrhoids.
As he picks away at the surface of school life, Brendan uncovers a drug-dealing underworld that connects the school's drop-out stoners to its beautiful rich kids.
Little by little she picks away at poor Mr Dodsworth - all, of course, achieved with Bennett's customary wit, poignancy and observation.