to pick out

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - pick out

"to pick out"

to choose or select


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - pick out

"to pick out"

to distinguish as different from a group


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - pick out

"to pick out"

to try to play the basics of a piece of music


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pick out

Two brothers are talking ...

Brother 1:  Are we sure that this is the best fishing rod?

Brother 2:  I'm pretty sure.

Brother 1:  Well, since it's going to be Dad's birthday present, we'd better pick out the best one.

Brother 2:  Agreed.  We'll choose the best one for Dad.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pick out

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Aren't you supposed to be meeting your new friend now?

Friend 2:  Yes, soon.

Friend 1:  Do you know what he looks like? How are you going to find him on such a busy street?

Friend 2:  I think I should be able to pick him out by his purple hair.

Friend 1:  That should make him easy to find.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - pick out

Two musicians are practicing ...

Musician 1:  Do you know this song?

Musician 2:  No.

Musician 1:  Then I will play it slowly and you can pick it out one note at a time.

Musician 2:  OK.

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to pick out - Gerund Form:

Picking out the best apple assures good taste.

Picking a stranger out from the crowd can be difficult.

Picking out a new piece of music on your guitar is a good place to start learning.

to pick out - Examples:

1)  Email designers. Design email ads that I can pick out from other messages BEFORE I open them.

2)  One of the nice things about brain surgery is that you can pick out all sorts of clever things to say for when you come to.

3)  Many musicians claim to be able to pick out by ear several of the frequencies.

4)  Carla, pick out some clothes for me. I'm bad at shopping. 

5)  We are open for you to pick out your new apartment home between 9am until 6pm Monday to Saturday.

6)  I personally feel like I'm growing able to scan reviews to pick out the ones that seem rational to me and sound accurate.

7)  Flying over the state, you'll be able to pick out at least ten lakes you wish you were cannonballing into right that moment.

8)  I am not trying to pick out photos that cast the resort in a bad light.

9)  I just picked out some amazing hex tile to put on the floor.

10)  The system they initially picked out didn't have the right equipment to operate during a power outage.

11)  She was picked out as special by God from the time she was 8. 

12)  I selected the music, and hubby picked out readings by some of his favorite authors and poets.

13)  I sat down and was approached by a stylist who picked out an old olive-colored suit for me.

14)  The surface is homogeneous with no point that should be picked out as the centre.

15)  She scrolled through her music list, picking out something with a heavier bass.

16)  I'm picking out this line because it's the crux of the problem. 

17)  Bruce Sterling seems to have an uncanny knack for picking out the right trends to extrapolate from.

18)  Or when Altman's constantly zooming camera picks out details in the background that don't seem to be very important.

19)  In moments of stress or fatigue, Selma picks out a mechanical rhythm?

20)  And he picks out a couple of notes and plays for like a minute.