pick off

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pick off(
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A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (to shoot)
a. cargarse
Roberts ran, but one of the mobsters leaned out the window with a gun and picked him off.Roberts echó a correr, pero uno de los mafiosos se asomó por la ventana con una pistola y se lo cargó.
b. liquidar
I saw the man run out after Rodriguez; he raised the gun and picked him off before he could round the corner.Vi al hombre salir tras Rodríguez; alzó la pistola y lo liquidó antes de que pudiera doblar la esquina.
c. abatir
The hunter pick the bird off just before it reached the woods.El cazador abatió el ave justo antes de que alcanzara el bosque.
2. (to scratch at)
a. quitar
I can't seem to pick this sticker off the cover of the CD I just bought.No consigo quitar la pegatina de la cubierta del CD que acabo de comprar.
b. desprender
Dana picked the tape off that was stuck to the window.Dana desprendió la cinta que estaba pegada en la ventana.
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pick off
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
1. (remove)
a. retirar
2. (of gunman, sniper)
a. ir abatiendo (uno por uno)
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pick off
transitive verb
1 (remove) [+leaves, fluff, paint] quitar
she picked off some bits of fluff on her sleeve I watered the plants and picked off the dead leaves
[+scab] arrancar
try picking the paint off with a sharp instrument don't pick old nail polish off; it'll only weaken your nails they probe around the base of their quills to pick off fleas
2 (shoot) cargarse (informal); liquidar (informal); (eliminate) [+opponents] acabar uno a uno con
he picked off the sentry was there someone out there waiting to pick him off the moment he emerged through the doorway? he picked off the three sentries our men were being picked off one by one both groups on either side are just picking off innocent bystanders any decent shot with telescopic sights could pick us off at random one owner sitting on the roof of his store tried to pick off rioters using a rifle precision bombers pick off tanks, convoys and supply lines unless we make the decision to work together, the banks will pick us off one by one she has not time to pick them all off, one by one, as she did so effectively against opponents in former cabinets
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