Definition of pick-me-up in English:



  • A thing that makes one feel more energetic or cheerful.

    ‘ginseng has long been used as a pick-me-up’
    • ‘Nevertheless, it is likely that all types of fishing that use a fixed spool reel will be the first thing to be banned on rivers that are deemed to be in need of a conservation pick-me-up.’
    • ‘Create permanent color changes and give your hair a great pick-me-up with at-home highlighting kits, now easier to use than ever.’
    • ‘Power foods are a convenient pick-me-up and are good for you when used in combination with a wholesome diet of fruit, vegetable, grains, and proteins.’
    • ‘It is also likely to be taken by healthy individuals as a pick-me-up, as are other ‘lifestyle’ drugs.’
    • ‘It was a nice pick-me-up after writing the paper all night and being slightly stressed about the exam, which affected my sleep.’
    • ‘It tends to be the lower teams we struggle against so it will not be easy, but after a win-less February we are now looking at making it three wins on the trot in March which would be a real pick-me-up.’
    • ‘If I need a pick-me-up I have them throw in a shot of espresso, but breakfast is all laid out when I get to the studio, so I eat a banana, a bowl of oatmeal or Rice Krispies.’
    • ‘Call us superficial but any show called TOO MUCH SUGAR is enticing and expecting a quick pick-me-up we wandered into the Hall.’
    • ‘And shoppers in need of an instant pick-me-up will be able to visit the Oxygen Bar - an antidote to all vices with pure filtered oxygen delivered straight to an ailing metabolism.’
    • ‘For a nation whose favourite hobby is shopping, the news that gas prices are going up should come as a positive pick-me-up, an irresistible invitation to go out and experiment with something new.’
    • ‘Once such colours must have worked as pick-me-ups for the tired soul; today they are more in tune with the lifestyle of the local people.’
    • ‘This means it can be a great pick-me-up as well as enhance numerous other physiological functions like fat loss, satiety, mood, mental focus and even sex drive.’
    • ‘Herbal teas, or infusions, have become a pick-me-up for those down in the dumps, and a soothing drink when stress levels start soaring.’
    • ‘In truth, it is their weekend pick-me-up; their only opportunity to hear and speak the language at which they worked all their student days.’
    • ‘The best room is the honeymoon suite, a sprawling gold-themed love nest that is ideal for those seeking a romantic pick-me-up.’
    • ‘At the end of term it is a fantastic pick-me-up for the whole school.’
    • ‘It gives you a little pick-me-up, so, long may the good times continue…’
    • ‘It never fails, and the uncontrollable sniggering and whooping that follows is one of the best pick-me-ups prescribable.’
    • ‘I wouldn't go that far, but it is a wonderful pick-me-up.’
    • ‘There could not have been a better pick-me-up for both of us.’
    tonic, restorative, energizer, stimulant, antidepressant, refresher
    boost, boost to the spirits, fillip, uplift, reviver, stimulant, stimulus, invigoration
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