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 for To pick a quarrel
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."
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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
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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
     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
     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 :

  Quarrel \Quar"rel\, n. [OE. querele, OF. querele, F. querelle,
     fr. L. querela, querella, a complaint, fr. queri to complain.
     See Querulous.]
     1. A breach of concord, amity, or obligation; a falling out;
        a difference; a disagreement; an antagonism in opinion,
        feeling, or conduct; esp., an angry dispute, contest, or
        strife; a brawl; an altercation; as, he had a quarrel with
        his father about expenses.
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              I will bring a sword upon you that shall avenge the
              quarrel of my covenant.               --Lev. xxvi.
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              On open seas their quarrels they debate. --Dryden.
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     2. Ground of objection, dislike, difference, or hostility;
        cause of dispute or contest; occasion of altercation.
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              Herodias had a quarrel against him, and would have
              killed him.                           --Mark vi. 19.
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              No man hath any quarrel to me.        --Shak.
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              He thought he had a good quarrel to attack him.
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     3. Earnest desire or longing. [Obs.] --Holland.
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     To pick a quarrel. See under Pick, v. t.
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     Syn: Brawl; broil; squabble; affray; feud; tumult; contest;
          dispute; altercation; contention; wrangle.
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