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unpick

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Sewing & knitting
unpickun‧pick /ʌnˈpɪk/ verb [transitive]  1 DLHto take out stitches from a piece of cloth or knitting2 to examine the different parts of a subject, deal etc, especially in order to find faults I didn’t want to unpick the past. There are fears that the president might unpick the treaty.
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Examples from the Corpus
unpickI remember a short, rhythmically complex passage patiently unpicked and reconstituted over half an hour.She spent hours unpicking her pre-war frocks in order to remake them for her daughter.She could quite see Aunt Tossie unpicking the oldest and least favoured work and starting the canvas over again.Fru Gertlinger knew that Elisabeth did not want to unpick the past with her and she never made mention of it.By contrast, historians want to unpick the public face that is presented.However, when the garment was completed I didn't like it and took the decision to unpick the whole thing.
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Verb table
unpick
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theyunpick
he, she, itunpicks
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyunpicked
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave unpicked
he, she, ithas unpicked
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad unpicked
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill unpick
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have unpicked
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam unpicking
he, she, itis unpicking
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you, we, theyare unpicking
Past
I, he, she, itwas unpicking
you, we, theywere unpicking
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been unpicking
he, she, ithas been unpicking
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been unpicking
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be unpicking
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been unpicking
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