pick up


  • John DeWitt about to pick up the ball
    John DeWitt about to pick up the ball
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v pick up gain or regain energy "I picked up after a nap"
    • v pick up improve significantly; go from bad to good "Her performance in school picked up"
    • v pick up lift out or reflect from a background "The scarf picks up the color of the skirt","His eyes picked up his smile"
    • v pick up get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally "I learned that she has two grown-up children","I see that you have been promoted"
    • v pick up eat by pecking at, like a bird
    • v pick up take up by hand "He picked up the book and started to read"
    • v pick up take into custody "the police nabbed the suspected criminals"
    • v pick up fill with high spirits; fill with optimism "Music can uplift your spirits"
    • v pick up give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift "We picked up a hitchhiker on the highway"
    • v pick up take and lift upward
    • v pick up register (perceptual input) "pick up a signal"
    • v pick up perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily "I caught the aroma of coffee","He caught the allusion in her glance","ears open to catch every sound","The dog picked up the scent","Catch a glimpse"
    • v pick up buy casually or spontaneously "I picked up some food for a snack"
    • v pick up gather or collect "You can get the results on Monday","She picked up the children at the day care center","They pick up our trash twice a week"
    • v pick up get in addition, as an increase "The candidate picked up thousands of votes after his visit to the nursing home"
    • v pick up meet someone for sexual purposes "he always tries to pick up girls in bars"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden The boy picks up the bracelet dropped by the fallen maiden
Albert on ground picking up apples and putting them back into the basket Albert on ground picking up apples and putting them back into the basket
Girl picks up duckling from nest Girl picks up duckling from nest

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The game rugby was originated at Rugby school located in England in 1823. This happened when William Webb Ellis, while playing soccer, picked the ball up in his hands and started running with it
    • Pick up to improve gradually: to gain strength bit by bit: to take into a vehicle, or into one's company: to get as if by chance
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  • Sam Walton
    Sam Walton
    “I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.”
  • Charles M. Schulz
    “Just remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.”
  • Jack Lemmon
    Jack Lemmon
    “If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.”
  • Mark Twain
    “If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “Man will occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of the time he will pick himself up and continue on.”
  • Oscar Wilde
    “There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up.”


Pick up the pace - To speed things up
Pick up the tab - A person who pays for everyone picks up the tab.
Pick-up game - (USA) A pick-up game is something unplanned where people respond to events as they happen.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Celt., as Gael. pioc, to pick, W. pigo; cf. Pike.


In literature:

Back in his own office he picked up the story he had finished an hour before.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
She stood up abruptly, picked up her fringed doeskin dress and struggled into it.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
As she loped away after the others, Ashton frowned, and, picking up his rifle, started off up the valley.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Kennedy picked up the ruler.
"Whispering Smith" by Frank H. Spearman
Once he picked her up as one would pick up a child to show it some distant object through the window.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
Soon they picked up the flight of Liberators and Fortresses.
"A Yankee Flier Over Berlin" by Al Avery
He leaned down to pick up three pellets of metal, like small shot, round and shining.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
He picked up the receiver and listened intently.
"How I Filmed the War" by Lieut. Geoffrey H. Malins
Her final pick-up glance about the room did not pick up the note she had propped on the telephone-table.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
Scotty picked up the Polaroid camera and their binoculars and came ashore, sinking into the swamp as Rick had done.
"The Flying Stingaree" by Harold Leland Goodwin

In poetry:

Then picked the shining fragments up,
And cast them on the flame;
"I ne'er shall look on him again,
Or bear his hated name.
"A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
And there was Mr. Turner's Ben,
Who heard the children spell,
And picked the words right up by heart,
And learned to read 'em well.
"Learning To Read" by Frances Ellen Watkins
And his dear old eyes would brighten,
And his lips put on a smile,
Saying, "Pick up faith and courage,
And just wait a little while."
"The Deliverance" by Frances Ellen Watkins
Little kitten, nothin' more,
When we found him at the door.
In the cold,
And the baby, half undressed,
Picked him up, and he was jest
All she'd hold.
"Jim" by Joseph C Lincoln
Among the delicate grasses and the bells
Of crocuses that spotted a rill side,
I picked up such a flute, and its clear swells
To my young lips replied.
"Honours -- Part II." by Jean Ingelow
And in the midst of her business she sat down beside him,
While he did justice to the meat and thought it no sin,
But while he was eating he let fall his knife,
Then he commanded Hanchen to pick it up or else he'd take her life.
"Hanchen, the Maid of the Mill" by William Topaz McGonagall

In news:

Bourgeois returns to lineup, picks up where he left off.
Karli Hubbard, Donna Bourgeois and Christi Orgeron picked up top honors, earning Player of the Year, Pitcher of the Year and Freshman of the Year, respectively.
After recently picking up cycling again, I seriously wonder why I ever stopped riding in the first place.
The Habsro toy property has been quietly in development at Relativity, which picked up its rights from Universal.
NEW BREMEN — The New Bremen Cardinals volleyball team picked up their first victory of the season Monday evening as they defeated the Botkins Trojans in three games 25-11, 25-14 and 25-21 in a non-league match played at New Bremen .
Stephen Moyer and his daughter, Lilac, picked up pregnant Anna Paquin at the airport in L.A. Stars in Patriotic Bikinis.
Anthony Davis made the unibrow look trendy during Kentucky's run to the national championship and it picked up speed as the NBA draft drew closer and the 6-foot-10 freshman was a lock to be the No.
A large brown bear picks up different scents in the wind as she walks along the Kenai River.
Details about how you can get the cookbook signed and pick up some free coffee.
"The halftime speech was to pick up the pace and attack with more forwards," Oak Ridge head coach Henry Reis said.
The driver, Atanas Ilkov, 18, was hurrying to pick up a friend at a car-repair shop when a police cruiser zoomed up behind him, lights flashing.
Bulls pick up Butler's option for third year.
The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday they picked up Jimmy Butler's option for the 2013-2014 season.
The St Stephens football team picked up its first win of the season on Friday, knocking off North Buncombe in Weaverville, 20-10.
Cooking Thanksgiving dinner for 5,000 people sounds nearly impossible, but over the next few days, up to 500 people will pick up hams and turkeys at Burge 's in the Heights.

In science:

It specifies which two of the characteristics of the fluid are given functions and accordingly picks up one of the three main field equations, the other two being universal.
Static charged perfect fluid spheres in general relativity
And what is more, in many cases we can use (to pick up speed of the process) pattern matching techniques too with precomputed (by described above prosedures) lists of integrability conditions.
The rational generalized integrating factors for first-order ODEs
We also note that the simulation results indicate that the system picks up three dimensional character readily for not-so-large layer thicknesses.
Dimensional Crossover in the Effective Second Harmonic Generation of Films of Random Dielectrics
In this paper we pick up a one-dimensional system of parallel quantum wires.
Electron transport in parallel quantum wires with random potentials
The detuning (binding energy) then picks up a term Σ(0) = ξ 2√ǫM .
Improved efficiency of stimulated Raman adiabatic passage in photoassociation of a Bose-Einstein condensate