Definition of unpick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ʌnˈpɪk/


[with object]
1Undo the sewing of: I unpicked the seams of his trousers
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  • Of course, you need to know beforehand that it fits, because you don't want to have to unpick all this stitching to alter it later.
  • He smiled as he recalled Chris's first words on returning from his interrupted visit to his family - ‘I'm gone for one day, and the threads of the universe start unpicking behind me.’
  • Now, having unpicked and screwed up several times (I'm on the second hand now), I am beginning to realise why I don't knit more often.
1.1Carefully analyse the different elements of (something), especially in order to find faults: Elisabeth did not want to unpick the past
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  • Carefully unpicking the myth that has grown up around these games, Dougan illuminates an horrific period in Ukrainian history without succumbing to sensation.
  • A detailed analysis of The Prince would be needed in order to unpick the ambivalent feelings Machiavelli had towards Cesare.
  • We cannot expect a child to analyse branding promotions or to unpick nutritional messages from advertising.

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