Bone to pick - If you have a bone to pick with someone, you are annoyed about something they have done and want to tell them how you feel.
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Cherry pick - If people cherry pick, they choose things that support their position, while ignoring things that contradict it.
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I've got a bone to pick with you - If somebody says this, they mean that they have some complaint to make against the person they are addressing.
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Pick someone's brains - If you pick someone's brains, you ask them for advice, suggestions and information about something they know about.
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Pick up the pace - To speed things up
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Pick up the tab - A person who pays for everyone picks up the tab.
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Pick-up game - (USA) A pick-up game is something unplanned where people respond to events as they happen.
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Schoolyard pick - When people take it in turns to choose a member of a team, it is a schoolyard pick.
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In literature:
Then he began to pick out the necessary type and arrange it in the upper grove to spell his father's name.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White
Before he may chase the thrower, he must therefore pick up his own duck and replace it should it have been knocked off.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
Elsie Welcome got up from her machine and picked up her hat listlessly.
"Little Lost Sister" by Virginia Brooks
Can't you pick out something a little more like home-folks to be interested in?
"Across the Mesa" by Jarvis Hall
I can't go t' town t' pick out a new dress that is bought with money I get from th' eggs, even.
"The Wind Before the Dawn" by Dell H. Munger
Then he turned sharply, picked up rod and creel, and descended the stairs.
"A Young Man in a Hurry" by Robert W. Chambers
He wondered what she would do if he picked her up, carried her to bed, closed her eyes with his fingers.
"Eight Keys to Eden" by Mark Irvin Clifton
Bough picked this out too, working deftly with a needle.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Phil picked it up with the quick reach of a shortstop.
"Otherwise Phyllis" by Meredith Nicholson
If you cannot pick a mate better than that I'll do the picking for you.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
They picked their way around the man-high wheels and into the hot and noisy restaurant.
"Deathworld" by Harry Harrison
The higher grades of coffee are often double-picked; that is, picked over twice.
"All About Coffee" by William H. Ukers
They'd have picked up anyone who tried to follow Tom.
"The Electronic Mind Reader" by John Blaine
A man or a woman cut off from their tribe can no more be happy than a flower after it is picked can continue to grow.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
Wilson, picking this up, put it in his pocket with scarcely other thought than that it might get lost if left on the floor.
"The Web of the Golden Spider" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
Fortunately he knew enough to let his horse pick his own way.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Here's a thousand dollars; they're yours for picking up and you take no risk.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
Pick my apples by hand; have light-weight men climb the trees and pick in meal sacks, then lay on tables.
"The Apple" by Various
Wait till they come to that little branch, then everybody pick his man and let him have it.
"Si Klegg, Book 2 (of 6)" by John McElroy
I scrambled around picking up what I could in the dark, and what I said wouldn't be passed by the Board of Censors.
"Over the Seas for Uncle Sam" by Elaine Sterne
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In poetry:
They laid the pick-axe to the stones
And they moved them soon asunder.
They shovell'd away the hard-prest clay
And came to the coffin under.
"The Surgeon's Warning" by Robert Southey
"Nay, then thou art welcome," I said,
"All dreary and cold though it be,
E'en the Winter can bear me a flower,"
I picked it, and brought it to thee.
"Reply To Being Asked To Paint A Flower In Winter, With A Forget-Me-Not" by Caroline Fry
Some fowk ivverlastinly grummel,
At th' world an at th' fowk ther is in it;
If across owt 'at's pleasant they stummel,
They try to pick faults in a minnit.
"Be Happy" by John Hartley
I thought so too,
But what if this picked man, this chosen sage,
Were such a thorough Jew that he seeks out
For Christian children to bring up as Jews -
How then?
"Nathan The Wise - Act IV" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
And the King picked up a spear, and cried,
" What hast thou there ? by the waters of Styx,
Speak or I strike," and the boy replied,
" Sweet Sire, it is a crucifix." .
"The Ballad Of Saint Vitus" by Lord Alfred Douglas
They have whetted their teeth against the stones,
And now they pick the Bishop's bones:
They gnaw'd the flesh from every limb,
For they were sent to do judgment on him!
"God's Judgment on a Wicked Bishop" by Robert Southey
In news:
The NFL released the list of teams awarded compensatory picks on Monday afternoon, and the Seahawks were not one of 15 teams awarded 32 picks.
In the ensuing weeks, we'll pick five finalists and send a courier to pick up those dioramas to be photographed professionally and judged in person.
They didn't think anybody was worthy of a first-round pick where they were picking and they wanted to add picks.
How many times have you dropped food on the floor or spilled part of dinner on the table, quickly picked it up and eaten it anyway after telling yourself nothing is going to pick up germs in five seconds.
A four-person picking crew can have two on the ground or all four on the platform, but each pick into their own tube.
Residents who normally have garbage pick-up Monday will be picked up Tuesday, and so on through the subsequent days of the week.
Residents who normally have garbage pick-up on Monday will be picked up on Tuesday, and so on through the subsequent days of the week.
Who has two thumbs and can't get his friends' picks into his weekly picks blog.
BEDLAM PICKS — The Oklahoman 's Bedlam coverage team explains its picks for OSU vs OU.
In fact, part of the picking process this time of year includes picking them up off of the ground in the garden.
When I was younger I never actually got to go pick my own pumpkin, I really didn't even know that they had farms that you can go pick your own at – Guess what.
Not bad for guys who entered the league as a seventh-round pick (Ratliff by Dallas in 2005) and a fifth-round pick (Sensabaugh by Jacksonville in 2005).
I took a trip to Wegmans tonight to pick up some groceries and noticed pomegranates must be in season, because there are plenty – and at 2 for $5, I figured I'd pick a couple up.
Thrashman's Metal Pick Of The Week: Ringworm 's "Scars" Makes Me Want To Pick Up Change.
NFL draft 2012 top picks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III won't be making the huge money of some of their top pick predecessors, like Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford.
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In science:
Pick up any s < sw and some constant semisimple element Λ ∈ H[w ] of certain sw grade i ∈ E+ .
Solutions to WDVV from generalized Drinfeld-Sokolov hierarchies
Also set Gi := (Vi, Ei ), and let FRCG,i p,q be the probability measure on {0, 1}E corresponding to picking X ∈ {0, 1}E by letting X (Ei ) have distribution RCGi p,q and setting X (e) := 0 for all e ∈ E \ Ei .
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
Pick a random edge conﬁguration X ∈ {0, 1}E according to FRCG p,q .
Explicit isoperimetric constants and phase transitions in the random-cluster model
Next we want to pick out simple subalgebras.
Simple Conformal Algebras Generated by Jordan Algebras
The simplest model for disorder is to pick each interaction from a probability distribution, independently of all the others.
Computer Science in Physics
The precise value of the ground state energy will depend on the particular choice of the random interactions (remember they were picked from a distribution).
Computer Science in Physics
We obtain a random tiling by picking each tiling with equal probability.
Non-intersecting Paths, Random Tilings and Random Matrices
Then Nature is allowed to pick an outcome of the experiment, i.e., to answer to the question.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
Therefore these surfaces, called Belyi surfaces, can be used to model a process of picking random Riemann surfaces, by picking a random graph with a random orientation.
On the Genus of a Random Riemann Surface
Also set Gi := (Vi, Ei ), and let FRCG,i p,q be the probability measure on {0, 1}E corresponding to picking X ∈ {0, 1}E by letting X (Ei ) have distribution RCGi p,q and setting X (e) := 0 for all e ∈ E \ Ei .
Coupling and Bernoullicity in random-cluster and Potts models
Pick a random edge conﬁguration X ∈ {0, 1}E according to FRCG p,q .
Coupling and Bernoullicity in random-cluster and Potts models
Pick a random edge conﬁguration X ∈ {0, 1}E according to the random-cluster measure WRCG p,q .
Coupling and Bernoullicity in random-cluster and Potts models
The memoryless learner algorithm consists of picking a concept Ri at random, and sticking by this choice, until it is proven wrong.
Mathematics of learning
At this point another concept is picked randomly, and the procedure repeats.
Mathematics of learning
To wit, one can always pick ak = k−1/α l(k), 0 < α ≤ 2, where l(k) is a slowly varying function (in the sense of Karamata).
Mathematics of learning
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