What's the difference between "find fault with sth" and " pick holes in sth" For instance: (1) Why are you always finding fault with my work? (2) Why are you always picking holes in my work? Thank you very much for reading.
Mar 21, 2023 6:15 PM
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They are basically the same but the second one is a bit more casual.
Mar 21, 2023 6:57 PM
If you are "picking holes in something" then you are also "finding fault", but the reverse is not true. "Picking holes" occurs only when you are finding fault with someone's logic. I would say it is usually wrong to say "picking holes in my work". You can find fault or criticize someone's work, but you only pick holes in their work if their work is of a logical nature. If their work is to explain, then you can pick holes in their work. If they are a computer programmer, you can pick holes in their coding by pointing out their logical errors. However, if they are gardeners who have done a terrible job planting, you cannot pick holes in their work. You could, however, pick holes in their landscape plan.
Mar 21, 2023 6:35 PM
Just a comment on phrase #2: Although "picking holes" pops up when I do a google search, it sounds more natural to me to say "poking holes in my work" or "picking apart my work"
Mar 21, 2023 10:40 PM
I'll second Guide Dog Saint's answer. There's a big difference in the level of formality. And I'll concur with Jonathan also. You can only "pick holes in" arguments or logic, but you can "find fault with" a wide variety of actions, thoughts, states, etc.
Mar 21, 2023 8:40 PM
It's the same.
Mar 21, 2023 6:27 PM
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