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’
    ‘your letter was just the pick-me-up I needed’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Create permanent color changes and give your hair a great pick-me-up with at-home highlighting kits, now easier to use than ever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a nice pick-me-up after writing the paper all night and being slightly stressed about the exam, which affected my sleep.’
    • ‘There could not have been a better pick-me-up for both of us.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Call us superficial but any show called TOO MUCH SUGAR is enticing and expecting a quick pick-me-up we wandered into the Hall.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 gives you a little pick-me-up, so, long may the good times continue…’
    • ‘It is also likely to be taken by healthy individuals as a pick-me-up, as are other ‘lifestyle’ drugs.’
    • ‘It never fails, and the uncontrollable sniggering and whooping that follows is one of the best pick-me-ups prescribable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 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.’
    • ‘I wouldn't go that far, but it is a wonderful pick-me-up.’
    • ‘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.’
    tonic, restorative, energizer, stimulant, antidepressant, refresher
    boost, boost to the spirits, fillip, uplift, reviver, stimulant, stimulus, invigoration
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/ˈpik mē ˌəp//ˈpɪk mi ˌəp/