Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle unpicking
, past tense, past participle unpicked
If you unpick a piece of sewing, you remove the stitches from it.
[V n] ⇒ You can always unpick the hems on the dungarees if you don't like them.
If someone unpicks a plan or policy, they disagree with it and examine it thoroughly in order to find any mistakes that they can use to defeat it. [British]
[V n] ⇒ A statesman who ought to know better wants to unpick last year's reform of Europe's
common agricultural policy.
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