to pick holes in

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - pick holes in

"to pick holes in"

to actively find mistakes and faults and criticize something someone had said or done


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pick holes in

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Why are you so upset?

Colleague 2:  I always do my best and produce some really good work but the boss never praises the good, he just finds all the faults and mistakes and then berates me about them.

Colleague 1:  It seems to be the boss's way to just pick holes in everything.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pick holes in

Two teachers are talking ...

Teacher 1:  I just finished a book on how to give constructive criticism.

Teacher 2:  What did you learn.

Teacher 1:  First, always point out and praise the good parts of a student's work even if the only praise you can find is that the work was handed in on time.  Then begin with the more critical analysis.

Teacher 2:  OK, so praise first and then pick holes in their work.

to pick holes in - Usage:


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to pick holes in - Gerund Form:

Picking holes in subordinate's work is common for supervisor's.

to pick holes in - Examples:

1)  He cross-examined like a trial lawyer and could pick holes in the best of arguments.

2)  ... see free-to-play being the new standard, especially when the vocal minority start to pick holes in the value of every new game's in-app purchases.

3)  But he is effective and he can pick holes in other people's positions as well as any politician of recent years.

4)  Christians were speaking to a largely hostile audience who would have been quick to pick holes in their arguments.

5)  Social networks and all the media nowadays will just pick holes in anything that is seen to be different.

6)  Please tell me, why do you have to pick holes in the most unimportant of things?

7)  You can always pick holes in something of this size and scale but overall it was pretty fantastic.

8)  ... any lapses are susceptible to be pounced on by those ready and waiting to pick holes in your arguments.

9)  I love people who have an instinct to pick holes in their own side, to challenge even (or especially) their closest friends.

10)  We as fans can pick holes in any deal the club may make - he's too expensive, he's ...

11)  Pointing out propaganda and picking holes in it does not provide any credible substantiation for the ill thought out and narrow ...

12)  You might want to avoid picking holes in my argument as you will seem very negative.

13)  Maybe we should get behind our best player rather than picking holes in him.

14)  ... be applauding the fact that Rowling is getting children to read, rather than picking holes in her choice of words?

15)  I'm not picking holes in your beliefs, I'm picking holes in your use of language.

16)  The article picked holes in some of Irving's more outrageous statements but did not vilify him.

17)  It was also the arena where mother and son constantly picked holes in each other.

18)  ... many picked holes in the manner Nwoke was unceremoniously sacked.

19)  Some persons have picked holes in the registration process, but their complaints were rooted in cynicism and a mindset ...

20)  But my worry is that if 13 publishers have said "no" and picked holes in it... will anyone want to read it?