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1. pick at  (verb) 
express a negative opinion of; "She disparaged her student''s efforts"

  Also known as: disparage, belittle


  More Specific:
pan / tear apart / trash - express a totally negative opinion of
discredit / disgrace - damage the reputation of
deprecate / depreciate - belittle
minimize / belittle / denigrate / derogate - belittle


  More Generic:
    knock     criticize     criticise     pick apart


  Opposite of:
    flatter     blandish


2. pick at  (verb) 
eat like a bird; "The anorexic girl just picks at her food"

  Also known as: peck at, peck


  More Generic:
    eat


3. pick at  (verb) 
pluck or pull at with the fingers; "She picked nervously at the buttons of her blouse"

  Also known as: pluck at, pull at


  More Generic:
    pull


 

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