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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR PICKED UP

If he had been picked up by any vessel I suppose he would have written.

When she had gone he picked up an envelope and put a bill inside.

She still held the two she had picked up from the floor in her one hand.

He led the way into the house and picked up one of the posters, which lay on the floor.

He sat down and picked up the newspaper, and the print was clear.

In the meantime someone had picked up the trail to the cliff, and Dozier followed it.

When he opened the box, the first book which he picked up was The Conquest of Fear.

And, oh, yes, they've picked up a young girl at the Turner woman's place.

He was very white, but he picked up his hat and went to the door.

When, at last, he rose and picked up his cap; it was nine o'clock.

WORD ORIGIN

early 13c., picken "to peck;" c.1300, piken "to work with a pick," probably representing a fusion of Old English *pician "to prick," (implied by picung "a piercing, pricking," an 8c. gloss on Latin stigmata) with Old Norse pikka "to prick, peck," from a common Germanic root (cf. Middle Dutch picken, German picken "to pick, peck"), perhaps imitative. Influence from Middle French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)) also is possible, but that French word generally is not considered a source of the English word. Related: Picked; picking.

Meaning "to eat with small bites" is from 1580s. The meaning "to choose, select, pick out" emerged late 14c., from earlier meaning "to pluck with the fingers" (early 14c.). Sense of "to rob, plunder" (c.1300) weakened to a milder sense of "steal petty things" by late 14c. Of forcing locks with a pointed tool, by 1540s. Meaning "to pluck (a banjo)" is recorded from 1860. To pick a quarrel, etc. is from mid-15c.; to pick at "find fault with" is from 1670s. Pick on "single out for adverse attention" is from late 14c.; pick off "shoot one by one" is recorded from 1810; baseball sense of "to put out a runner on base" is from 1939. Also cf. pick up. To pick and choose "select carefully" is from 1660s (choose and pick is attested from c.1400).

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