Definition of pick holes in in US English:

pick holes in

phrase

  • Find fault with.

    • ‘It sometimes seems that whenever anyone proposes a forward-looking project that seems able to benefit a community and the country as a whole, a host of people and organisations rush to pick holes in the plan.’
    • ‘It often takes the form of undermining colleagues or junior employees by constant criticism, unfairly picking holes in their work or raising objections just for the sake of it.’
    • ‘Mistrustful regulators are picking holes in healthy companies.’
    • ‘This is exactly the kind of product that professional art historians dislike, and I do not doubt that various specialists will pick holes in it.’
    • ‘The only thing I'd say is that picking holes in the pro-case is a necessary part of building the anti-case.’
    • ‘Anyway, my intention wasn't to pick holes in individual campaigns, but to celebrate the richness and diversity of the political landscape.’
    • ‘It's hard to pick holes in his form and he is a worthy favourite.’
    • ‘What is wrong with us that we need to pick holes in even the most successful initiatives instead of praising them for their success?’
    • ‘‘Once you get into the swing of auditions, you start to realise it's possible to pick holes in almost anything,’ he grins.’
    • ‘My stuff was so hard to pick holes in, however, that almost all of it did eventually get published somewhere in the academic journals.’
    find fault with, quarrel with, fault, criticize, argue against, argue with, take exception to, attack, take issue with, find lacking, impugn, contradict, dispute, rebut, complain about, cavil at, carp at, object to, be hostile to
    find fault with, criticize, attack, condemn
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