What does the idiom "to pick away at sth." mean?

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    Anyone else?? WTF is going on, no native speakers here?? :eek:
     
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    pick something away
    to pull or pinch something loose from something. Mary picked the meat away from the bones. He picked away the burrs.
     
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    I don't see "to pick away at sth."

    It says "to pick away at it"
     
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    "it" being "sth" or "something".
     
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    Ah, I see. You're teaching everyone sth. :)
     
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    And I'm not a native English speaker. :D
     
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    No, you are merely amazing
     
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    could someone please explain where all the normal people are??.....I seem to be stuck in a thread full of weirdo's:confused::confused::confused:
     
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    I don't think that is English
     
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    The iPhone section is in a different area.
     
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    It's actually "pick away at the Sith". Those Jedi are always trying to "pick away", or get rid of the Sith Lords. It seems the Jedi were a bit upset about Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader's whole "kill all the Jedi" plan.
     
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    "I got a whole bag of "sth" here with your name on it." - Dr. Evil.
     
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    Sounds good to me!:D
     
  18. rasmusonline thread starter macrumors regular

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    So in conclusion "to pick away at sth." means "to get rid of sth." ???
     
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    Is that when the sth htz teh fna?
     

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