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    hi,

    I have 2 qq:
    1. what does hole picking mean?
    "But with the ink barely dry, the hole picking will begin."

    2. what does this senctence mean?
    "Gone is the time when a report by a distinguished establishment figure could be published and universally accepted."

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    If you pick holes, you find fault with something, so people will start criticising almost immediately (= before the ink is dry). In the past people accepted such reports, but now they criticise them.

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    so it's like digging a hole... thanks tdol

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    No; digging a hole is getting yourself into trouble, but picking a hole is criticising others.

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    oops! I thought when you dig a hole, the truth comes out.. I was wrong again

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    'nit picking' means looking for faults in a trivial manner. I suppose 'hole picking' (although I am unfamiliar with this saying) means something similar. If you pick holes in an argument then you are in a sense debating and challenging someones opinion and the more holes you pick the less strength the argument or opinion has.

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    thank you for the explanation. The original sentence was taken from bbc homepage about the report on Diana's death.. so I guess it must be common at least in british english. my final understanding is this: as soon as the report is announced, the critisims about it will start (by the ones who don't believe it).
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    That's right. In fact, they have started- Mr Al Fayad has already dismissed it as rubbish, and those that believe she was killed are unlikely to change their minds.

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