Expressions used in Everyday Spoken English in Social and Professional contexts

(find/pick) holes in (something)

find holes in somethingpick holes in something
Meaning(s)
1) highlight the flaws or negative aspects in something
  • How to MemorizePopularity HighProfessional HighSocial
    • find/pick holes in an argument
  • Analysis
    When you ‘pick holes’ in something or someone you criticize someone or contradict something, sometimes in an excessive or unfair way. If you ‘find a hole’ in someone’s argument it means you find an aspect of it that doesn’t hold up to scrutiny. This is a casual expression but you can hear it used in both social and professional contexts.
  • Social Examples (Basic)
    1. Mike's argument was was weak and poorly constructed. It was very easy to pick holes in it.
  • Professional Examples (Basic)
    1. It was nearly impossible to find holes in Alice's plan. She seemed to have taken every possible eventuality into account.
    2. Nothing is ever good enough for our boss. She's always looking to pick holes in any idea we present to her!
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