PICK UP ( Phrasal verb)
1. Lift something/ somebody up:
Pick something/ somebody up: To lift something or somebody up.
- He picked up the letter and read it
- The phone rang and I picked it up
- Mummy, can you pick me up?
2. Pick yourself up: To get up from the ground after you have fallen.
- Carol picked herself up and brushed the dirt off her coat.
3. Tidy something:
Pick something up: AmE. To make a room or building tidy
- Pick up your room before you go to bed.
4. Get something:
Pick something up:
a. To get or win something:
- He's already picked up three major prizes this year
b. To buy something or get it from a shop:
- I picked up an evening paper on the way home.
- For more details, pick up a leaflet in your local post office
c. To get an illness:
- I picked up a virus while I was in America
Pick something up: To collect something from a place.
- I'll pick my things up later
- She just dropped by to pick up her mail
6. Let somebody into a vihicle;
Pick somebody up: To let someone get into your car, boat.... and take them somewhere
- I'll pick you up at the station
- The survivors were picked up by fishing boat from nearby villages.
Pick something up; To learn something by watching or listening to other people
- I picked up a few words of Greek when I was there last year
- Mary watched the other dancers to see if she could pick up tips
Pick something up: To notice something that isn't easy to notice, such as a slight smell or sign of something.
- I picked up a faint smell of coffee
- The dogs picked up the scent and raced off
- We picked up their tracks again on the other side of the river
9 Radio/ Signals: If a machine picks up a sound, movement, or signal. It's able to notice it or receive it
- The sensors pick up faint vibrations in the Earth
- I managed to pick up an American news broadcast
Pick somebody up: To become friendly with someone you have just met because you want to have sex with them.
- Young women sitting around in bars waiting to be picked up.
11. Start again:
a. If you pick up where you stopped or were interrupted, you start again from that point
- We'll meet again in the morning and we can pick up where we left off
b. Pick something up; If you pick up an idea that has been mentioned, you return to it and develop it further.
- I'd like to pick up what you said earlier
a. If a situation picks up, it improves.
- Her social life was picking up at last
- The economy is finally beginning to pick up again.
b. Pick somebody up: If a medicine or drink picks you up, it makes you feel better.
Pick something up: If you pick up a road, you go onto it and start driving along it
- We take the A14 to Birmingham and then pick up the M5
14. Train/ Bus:
Pick something up: If you pick up a train, bus....you get onto it and travel on it
15. Pick up speed/ steam: to go faster
- The train was gradually picking up speed
16. Pick up the bill/ tab ( for something): informal. To pay for something
- Why should the taxpayer pick up the tab for mistakes made by a private company.
- The company's picking up the bill for my trip to Hawai
17. Wind: If the wind picks up, it increases or grows stronger
Pick something up: If one thing picks up a colour in something else, it has a amount of the same colour in it so that the two things look nice together.
- I like the way the curtains pick up the red in the rug
Pick somebody up: If the police pick someone up, they take them somewhere to answer questions or to be locked up
- He was picked up by police as he was trying to leave the country
20. Pick up the pieces ( of something):To try to make your life normal again after something very bad has happened to you.
- Thousands of victim of the earthquake are now faced with the task of picking up the pieces of their lives.
21. Pick up the threads (of something): If you pick up the threads of something that you were doing, you try to return to it and start doing it again after it stopped or was changed.
- Now that the war was over they could pick up the threads of their life again.
- The good thing is that he's trying to pick up the threads of his life again.
22. Pick your feet up: spoken. Used to tell someone to walk properly or more quickly