One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the cockerel tried to peck my heel’
bite, nip, strike, hit, tap, rap, jab, poke, prick
2‘he pecked her on the cheek’
kiss, plant a kiss, give someone a peck
informal give someone a smacker
3‘the old lady pecked at her food’
nibble, pick at, pick over, take very small bites from, eat listlessly, toy with, play with, eat like a bird, show no appetite for, eat sparingly of
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