(find/pick) holes in (something)

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1. highlight the flaws or negative aspects in something

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find/pick holes in an argument

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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.

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  1. Mike's argument was was weak and poorly constructed. It was very easy to pick holes in it.

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  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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