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[uhn-pik] /ʌnˈpɪk/
verb (used with object)
to take out the stitches of (sewing, knitting, etc.).
Origin of unpick
1350-1400 for earlier sense; 1770-80 for current sense; Middle English unpiken to pick (a lock); see un-2, pick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I am going to unpick those tucks, and line them softly with cotton wool, and lay the francs in the cotton wool.

  • Connie, if we can unpick the lock and get the door open, where shall we go?

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • She could not find any opening where it could have got in, and was obliged to unpick part of the dress to get it out.

    Ghostly Phenomena Elliot O'Donnell.
  • But people of lesser force and power, if they get their stitches wrong, have to unpick them and do it all over again.

    At Large Arthur Christopher Benson
  • In this case, unpick the cuffs if possible, if not, cut them off close up.

  • But to respectable Blackdeep society the Suttons remained a vexatious knot which it could not unpick and lay straight.

    More Pages from a Journal Mark Rutherford
  • She flung down the skirt that she was helping to unpick and let the scissors fall to the ground.

    Girls of the Forest L. T. Meade
  • He makes a frantic endeavour to unpick the stitches, finally giving it up in despair.

    Peerless Prestidigitation Herbert De Caston
British Dictionary definitions for unpick


verb (transitive)
to undo (the stitches) of (a piece of sewing)
to unravel or undo (a garment, etc)
(obsolete) to open (a door, lock, etc) by picking
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