Definition of pick someone up in English:

pick someone up

phrasal verb

  • 1Go somewhere to collect someone, typically in one's car.

    ‘will you pick the children up from school?’
    • ‘But what's to stop her from just picking us up at the hotel?’
    • ‘Renae's parents picked her up from the train station at 6'o'clock in the evening to take her home.’
    • ‘She came all the way to pick you up from training.’
    • ‘My aunt lives there, and my grandma is trying to arrange for her to pick me up from the train station.’
    • ‘The time Carla picked me up from the train station in my mother's manual car, even though at that stage she could only drive an automatic.’
    • ‘I don't even remember picking you up from the train station!’
    • ‘I tell you what, you can pick me up from the train station at about half past six, OK?’
    • ‘The school was nearby and they picked me up for training a few days later.’
    • ‘Archer picks her up from the train station, and they talk in the carriage about the impossibility of their love.’
    • ‘With the weather like this, I didn't mind why my parents didn't pick me up from my bus stop today.’
    fetch, collect, go to get, come and get, go and get, call for, come for, go for
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    1. 1.1Stop for someone to board a train, boat, etc.
      ‘they were picked up by a passing ship’
      • ‘The taxi passed through the main drinking area, and people were literally throwing themselves on the bonnet of the car to try and force it to stop and pick them up.’
      • ‘On Aug.30, rescuers picked him up in a boat and deposited him on an interstate.’
      • ‘He said some passengers scrambled onto nearby Highway 401, where cars stopped, picked them up and took them to the airport.’
      • ‘This driver saw the students running to the stop but refused to stop and pick them up.’
      • ‘If you hail another type of cab and it stops to pick you up, then your journey in that cab will not be covered by insurance.’
      • ‘And it has its own jetty, where you can be picked up by boat and spirited to the superior diving and snorkelling sites around Tiran.’
      • ‘The ferry stopped, launched a boat and picked them up - they had paddled 14 miles across the Channel - at 7am.’
      • ‘After about an hour we were picked up by another boat and taken to shore.’
      • ‘The regular train came along, stopped, picked her up and off she went.’
      • ‘As most of the hotels are on the waterfront, the boats will pick you up from the jetty behind yours and drop you back.’
    2. 1.2informal Arrest someone.
      ‘she was picked up on prostitution charges’
      • ‘Although he had been picked up by the police on a routine check, he was not ill-treated by them.’
      • ‘One day the police pick him up and an inspector interviews him; he is released for lack of evidence.’
      • ‘She called the police, who promptly picked him up.’
      • ‘Early morning of 12 September, a team of police officers picked him up from the outskirts of his village.’
      • ‘Two weeks ago, Alex was picked up and arrested for assault and prostitution.’
      • ‘But detectives said they were not going to pick him up as he was not wanted in relation to any charges or criminal investigations.’
      • ‘When told of the reason for the rejected claim, the patient produced an arrest warrant stating that she has been picked up for prostitution and her prescription was confiscated by the police.’
      • ‘The same night the police raided the houses of many relatives to pick them up.’
      • ‘Robert and Brendan were picked up by a passing police patrol car.’
      • ‘They just said all they had to do was get a warrant for his arrest and go and pick him up.’
      arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
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  • 2informal Casually strike up a relationship with a stranger as a sexual overture.

    ‘he picked her up in a bar’
    • ‘A few weeks later he tried to pick me up at a bar.’
    • ‘If I'm in drag, and he picks me up at a gay bar, is it a queer relationship?’
    • ‘He was with the woman who had picked him up at the train station, a Colombian poet.’
    • ‘I ran into him years later at a senior class car wash when I was eighteen and he tried to pick me up.’
    • ‘I ran into him at a club in my early 20s, and he tried to pick me up.’
    • ‘I want you to stop picking me up for practice or bothering me in the halls.’
    • ‘But, I met him when I was 18 years old - by accident - he tried to pick me up in a bar when I was out with my friends.’
    • ‘I talked to a guy online for about a minute and a half and he tried to pick me up.’
    • ‘‘Only if you stop trying to pick me up,’ said Shelley, but the smile on her face told Zachary she found his antics amusing.’
    • ‘He tried to pick me up at the bar. I am not sure how I feel about it.’
    strike up a casual acquaintance with, strike up a casual relationship with, take up with
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  • 3Return to a point made by someone in order to criticize it.

    ‘she picked him up on one niggling point’
    • ‘I'm surprised no one on the panel picked him up on it.’
    • ‘He gave a clever answer for a start, which you picked him up on.’
    • ‘The interviewer picked him up on it, and later I looked it up.’
    • ‘He's said it repeatedly in his lecture, and in his printed notes, and no one's picked him up on it.’
    • ‘Well that's a lie for starters. I'm surprised no one on the panel picked him up on it.’
  • 4Make someone feel more energetic and cheerful.

    ‘songs to pick you up and make you feel good’