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 for To pick a bone with
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Pick \Pick\ (p[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Picked (p[i^]kt); p.
     pr. & vb. n. Picking.] [OE. picken, pikken, to prick, peck;
     akin to Icel. pikka, Sw. picka, Dan. pikke, D. pikken, G.
     picken, F. piquer, W. pigo. Cf. Peck, v., Pike, Pitch
     to throw.]
     1. To throw; to pitch. [Obs.]
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              As high as I could pick my lance.     --Shak.
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     2. To peck at, as a bird with its beak; to strike at with
        anything pointed; to act upon with a pointed instrument;
        to pierce; to prick, as with a pin.
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     3. To separate or open by means of a sharp point or points;
        as, to pick matted wool, cotton, oakum, etc.
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     4. To open (a lock) as by a wire.
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     5. To pull apart or away, especially with the fingers; to
        pluck; to gather, as fruit from a tree, flowers from the
        stalk, feathers from a fowl, etc.
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     6. To remove something from with a pointed instrument, with
        the fingers, or with the teeth; as, to pick the teeth; to
        pick a bone; to pick a goose; to pick a pocket.
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              Did you pick Master Slender's purse?  --Shak.
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              He picks clean teeth, and, busy as he seems
              With an old tavern quill, is hungry yet. --Cowper.
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     7. To choose; to select; to separate as choice or desirable;
        to cull; as, to pick one's company; to pick one's way; --
        often with out. "One man picked out of ten thousand."
        --Shak.
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     8. To take up; esp., to gather from here and there; to
        collect; to bring together; as, to pick rags; -- often
        with up; as, to pick up a ball or stones; to pick up
        information.
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     9. To trim. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     To pick at, to tease or vex by pertinacious annoyance.
  
     To pick a bone with. See under Bone.
  
     To pick a thank, to curry favor. [Obs.] --Robynson (More's
        Utopia).
  
     To pick off.
        (a) To pluck; to remove by picking.
        (b) To shoot or bring down, one by one; as, sharpshooters
            pick off the enemy.
  
     To pick out.
        (a) To mark out; to variegate; as, to pick out any dark
            stuff with lines or spots of bright colors.
        (b) To select from a number or quantity.
  
     To pick to pieces, to pull apart piece by piece; hence
        [Colloq.], to analyze; esp., to criticize in detail.
  
     To pick a quarrel, to give occasion of quarrel
        intentionally.
  
     To pick up.
        (a) To take up, as with the fingers.
        (b) To get by repeated efforts; to gather here and there;
            as, to pick up a livelihood; to pick up news.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bone \Bone\ (b[=o]n; 110), n. [OE. bon, ban, AS. b[=a]n; akin to
     Icel. bein, Sw. ben, Dan. & D. been, G. bein bone, leg; cf.
     Icel. beinn straight.]
     1. (Anat.) The hard, calcified tissue of the skeleton of
        vertebrate animals, consisting very largely of calcium
        carbonate, calcium phosphate, and gelatine; as, blood and
        bone.
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     Note: Even in the hardest parts of bone there are many minute
           cavities containing living matter and connected by
           minute canals, some of which connect with larger canals
           through which blood vessels ramify.
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     2. One of the pieces or parts of an animal skeleton; as, a
        rib or a thigh bone; a bone of the arm or leg; also, any
        fragment of bony substance. (pl.) The frame or skeleton of
        the body.
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     3. Anything made of bone, as a bobbin for weaving bone lace.
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     4. pl. Two or four pieces of bone held between the fingers
        and struck together to make a kind of music.
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     5. pl. Dice.
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     6. Whalebone; hence, a piece of whalebone or of steel for a
        corset.
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     7. Fig.: The framework of anything.
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     A bone of contention, a subject of contention or dispute.
        
  
     A bone to pick, something to investigate, or to busy one's
        self about; a dispute to be settled (with some one).
  
     Bone ash, the residue from calcined bones; -- used for
        making cupels, and for cleaning jewelry.
  
     Bone black (Chem.), the black, carbonaceous substance into
        which bones are converted by calcination in close vessels;
        -- called also animal charcoal. It is used as a
        decolorizing material in filtering sirups, extracts, etc.,
        and as a black pigment. See Ivory black, under Black.
        
  
     Bone cave, a cave in which are found bones of extinct or
        recent animals, mingled sometimes with the works and bones
        of man. --Am. Cyc.
  
     Bone dust, ground or pulverized bones, used as a
        fertilizer.
  
     Bone earth (Chem.), the earthy residuum after the
        calcination of bone, consisting chiefly of phosphate of
        calcium.
  
     Bone lace, a lace made of linen thread, so called because
        woven with bobbins of bone.
  
     Bone oil, an oil obtained by heating bones (as in the
        manufacture of bone black), and remarkable for containing
        the nitrogenous bases, pyridine and quinoline, and their
        derivatives; -- also called Dippel's oil.
  
     Bone setter. Same as Bonesetter. See in the Vocabulary.
        
  
     Bone shark (Zool.), the basking shark.
  
     Bone spavin. See under Spavin.
  
     Bone turquoise, fossil bone or tooth of a delicate blue
        color, sometimes used as an imitation of true turquoise.
        
  
     Bone whale (Zool.), a right whale.
  
     To be upon the bones of, to attack. [Obs.]
  
     To make no bones, to make no scruple; not to hesitate.
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     To pick a bone with, to quarrel with, as dogs quarrel over
        a bone; to settle a disagreement. [Colloq.]
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