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English definition of “unpick”

unpick

verb [T] uk   /ʌnˈpɪk/ us  

unpick verb [T] (SEWING)

to cut or remove the stitches from a line of sewing

unpick verb [T] (IDEAS)

If you unpick a difficult subject, you separate and examine its different parts carefully: As long as two years ago, Mandelson tried to unpick the reasons for the disaster.

unpick verb [T] (DESTROY)

to gradually destroy or remove the good effects of what someone has done or created: The former leader now has to watch his successor unpicking what he strived so hard to achieve.
(Definition of unpick from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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