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pickings

Syllabification: pick·ings
Pronunciation: /ˈpikiNGz
 
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Definition of pickings in English:

plural noun

1Profits or gains that are made effortlessly or dishonestly, as by picking: thieves found easy pickings from garages and garden sheds he found, as strays often do, slim pickings
More example sentences
  • It did not take him long to realise that much of the system of locum recruitment and payment was infected by barely controlled chaos and promised the dishonest rich pickings.
  • But by warning people that burglars are on the prowl, it is hoped the criminals will not be able to take advantage of any easy pickings.
  • Gas companies profit when oil prices rise, and face slim pickings indeed when times are rough.
2Remaining scraps or leftovers.
Example sentences
  • From there they would get first pickings at the garbage.
  • For those that fail, the remaining pickings may be small.
  • I’ve been out on several mini forays where many large families have obviously harvested there before me and the remaining pickings were thin.

Words that rhyme with pickings

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