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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PICK UP

If I am discharged I think I can manage to pick up a living somehow.

Do you expect me to pick up everything you've thrown in the mud and feel grateful?

He stood blinking, trying to pick up their meaning with his eyes.

Why had he stooped to pick up the cloak if they were not following—if he had not been afraid of losing it?

To-day she had contrived to pick up some geranium blossoms, scarlet and pink.

Then other planes came and attempted to pick up the man with lines.

But in a few days he could pick up his heels to better advantage.

The other Indians laughed loudly, and urged the man on to pick up the cub.

I may pick up something that will help me to find your father.

But what on earth—where the mischief could he pick up a companion like that?

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c. as a verbal phrase, "lift and take," from pick (v.) + up (adv.). Of persons, "make acquaintance or take along," especially for sexual purposes, 1690s. Meaning "cause (someone) to revive" is from 1857. Sense of "tidy up" is from 1861; that of "arrest" is from 1871; meaning "gain speed" is from 1922; meaning "to pay" (a check, tab, etc.) is from 1945. Pick-me-up "stimulating alcoholic drink" is attested from 1867.

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