B1 [I or T] to remove separate things or small pieces from something, especially with the fingers: I picked a piece of fluff off my shiny black suit. The child continued picking (at) a sore on his leg (= trying to remove parts of it with his fingers). [+ obj + adj ] The carcass had been picked clean (= all the flesh had been removed) by other animals and birds.disapproving He kept picking his nose (= removing mucus from it with his finger).Removing and getting rid of thingsTaking things away from someone or somewhere B1 [T] When you pick flowers or fruit, you take them off a plant or tree: They were picking strawberries for twelve hours a day. I picked some roses this morning. Machines pick the fruit (from/off the trees).