Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “pick sb/sth off”

See all translations

pick sb/sth off

verb uk phrasal verb with pick   /pɪk/ us  

(SHOOT)

to shoot at one particular person, animal, or vehicle that you have chosen from a group: The snipers picked the soldiers off one by one as they ran for cover.

(TAKE THE BEST)

to take the best person or thing from a group: It is relatively easy for newcomers to pick off the most lucrative business and ignore the rest.
Translations of “pick sb/sth off”
in Chinese (Traditional) 瞄準射中, (有選擇地)瞄準射中…
in Chinese (Simplified) 瞄准射中, (有选择地)瞄准射中…
(Definition of pick sb/sth off from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of pick sb/sth off?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Word of the Day

piglet

a baby pig

Word of the Day

I won’t tolerate it! Replacing formal words with phrasal verbs.

by Liz Walter,
April 01, 2015
When you are using a language, it is important to understand if a word is formal or informal, so that you can use it in an appropriate way. You might hear people saying dosh for money, or spud for potato, but they wouldn’t write those words in a formal essay. Similarly, a

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More