Meaning of “pick on sb” in the English Dictionary

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"pick on sb" in British English

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pick on sb

phrasal verb with pick uk /pɪk/ us /pɪk/ verb

B2 to criticize, punish, or be unkind to the same person often and unfairly:

He gets picked on by the other boys because he's so small.

More examples

  • Why are you picking on me?
  • Stop picking on me!
  • She felt she was being picked on.
  • At school she was a vulnerable little soul and the other girls picked on her.
  • I hope he didn't think I was picking on him.

(Definition of “pick on sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)