Definition of pickings in English:


Syllabification: pick·ings
Pronunciation: /ˈpikiNGz


  • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.

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