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English definition of “pick at sth”

pick at sth

disapproving phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb
to eat only a small amount of your food , showing no interest or enjoyment while you eat it: Charles picked at his food in a bored fashion . → See also pickyEatingBiting, chewing and swallowing
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