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To overcome by skilled execution.

The quarterback picked apart the secondary defense in the first half.

Additional definitions for 'pick apart':

pick apartUsed other than as an idiom: see pick, apart.
pick apartTo review or analyse in great detail(idiomatic, transitive) To criticise (especially small details).
pick apartTo criticise (especially small details).
pick apartTo criticise (especially small details).
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