One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘be sure to pick up Kirsty from school’
fetch, collect, go to get, come and get, go and get, call for, come for, go for
give someone a lift, give someone a ride
2‘he was picked up by the police for questioning’
arrest, apprehend, detain, take into custody, take prisoner, seize, capture, catch, take in
collar, nab, pull in, run in, nick, pinch, bust, nail, do, feel someone's collar
3‘he thought of going to a nightclub and picking up a girl’
strike up a casual acquaintance with, strike up a casual relationship with, take up with
make advances to
get off with, pull, cop off with
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