One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Tidy up things left strewn around by (someone).
- ‘I'm tired of doing all the work around here and picking up after everybody’
- ‘Environmentally conscious citizens tired of picking up after careless smokers are welcoming the formation of the national anti-butt littering body.’
- ‘So I made a bold decision: I cleaned my room, threw out all the dirty candy wrappers and half finished pop cans, dusted off old books, and picked up after myself.’
- ‘Though she would never admit to it, it sure felt good to have a man to pick up after.’
- ‘A spokesman for the group said: ‘Too much money is spent on picking up after mindless litter louts.’’
- ‘Through a huge duration of my life, someone has always picked up after me.’
- ‘It's an idea that seems to be garnering preliminary approval from outdoor professionals who must log time picking up after careless campers.’
- ‘If I were to be someone's guest for a week, I'd pick up after myself.’
- ‘Jas still lives at home and still picks up after me.’
- ‘You have no conscience, no sense of responsibility, and I am sick unto death of picking up after you!’
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