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Present participle for to pierce, especially with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument
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“That grumpy, old woodpecker took up a lot of time with Boogie and showed him how he could peck a hole in the tree.”
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Present participle for to strike quickly, especially with the beak or bill (of a bird) or similar instrument
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“The chicks will chase around and peck at the insects.”
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Present participle for to take small bites or nibbles at or out of
“Don't peck at your food. Eat a whole mouthful instead.”
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Present participle for to kiss briefly
“I take a deep breath and lean forward, standing on my tiptoes to peck him lightly on the mouth.”
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Present participle for to complain or express discontent in a wearisome manner
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