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Sense: 1-3
Date: 1500-1600
Origin: PICK1
Sense: 4-5
Date: 1300-1400
Origin: pike

pick

2 noun
     
Related topics: Music, Tools
pick2
1 [uncountable] if you can have your pick or take your pick of different things, you can choose which one you want:
Have a look at the menu and take your pick.
He knew he could take his pick of any of the girls in the office.
Sarah could have her pick of any university in the country.
have/get first pick (of something)
She always gets first pick of the videos.
2

the pick of something

informal the best things in a group:
In tonight's programme we'll be discussing the pick of this month's new movies.
There were fifteen candidates for the job, and he was the pick of the bunch (=the best one).
3 [countable] informal your pick is the person or thing that you have chosen from a group [= choice]:
There are a lot of good horses in the race, but Archimedes would be my pick.
4 [countable]TZ a pickaxe
5 [countable] informalAPM a small, flat object that you use for pulling at the strings of a musical instrument such as a guitar [= plectrum]

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