to pick someone up

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

"to pick someone up"

to go somewhere to collect someone, typically by car and according to a prior arrangement


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

"to pick someone up"

to arrest someone


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Idiom Definition 3

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

"to pick someone up"

to enter into and have a conversation with someone with the intent of having an intimate encounter


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Idiom Definition 4

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

"to pick someone up"

to make someone feel more energetic and cheerful


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

A mother and daughter are talking ...

Mother:  Your sister is flying in today. She is due to arrive at three o'clock.

Daughter:  I'll go and pick her up.

Mother:  No, that's OK, thanks. I think we will just send a driver to collect her.

Daughter:  OK, but it would be no problem for me. I could use the practice driving.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

Two police officers are talking ...

Police Officer 1:  We finally got an arrest warrant for that drug dealer we have been surveilling.

Police Officer 2:  Do you want me to arrest him?

Police Officer 1:  That's OK. We are going to arrange a SWAT team to pick him up. There could be trouble.

Idiom Scenario 3

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Well? Did you pick up that cute woman in the bar last night?

Friend 2:  I tried but she said she was not interested in casual intimate relationships.

Friend 1:  Too bad.

Friend 2:  It's OK. I did get her phone number.

Idiom Scenario 4

Idiom Definition - pick someone up

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  Thanks for dropping by for a visit. I was feeling really sad but you always seem to pick me up.

Friend 2:  What are friends for if not to cheer you up when it is needed?

Friend 1:  Well, I really appreciate your lifting my spirits. Let's go out somewhere.

Friend 2:  Sure. OK.

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to pick someone up - Gerund Form:

Picking up your sister from the airport is expected.

Picking up a criminal is all in a day's work for a police officer.

Picking up a random person in a bar is not safe.

Picking me up and helping me feel better is what you do.

to pick someone up - Examples:

1)  I assured the commander I would go back in and pick them up. Kettles took control of the helicopter from the co-pilot and ...

2)  ... of the children have not gone to school at all today because parents could not pick them up at 11.50am.

3)  If the police pick them up then it's another $250 fine.

4)  The community centre comes to the school to pick them up and drop them off everyday.

5)  But if he wants to pick them up at the school gate and drive them from Ballinskelligs to Donegal, ...

6)  As her usual driver was unable to pick her up from home, he arranged for another driver to do so.

7)  I offered to pick her up because she would be without a car.

8)  Do people try to pick her up when she performs at bars?

9)  I suggest you save it for when you pick her up when she agrees to date you, ...

10)  I used to practice with my mum every day. It would pick me up. IU would feel better.

11)  Sometimes he would pick me up in a party ...

12)  I'm not supposed to go outside. Maybe some agents will pick me up off the street if I ride my bike.

13)  We have two cars, so I will not be a burden to him to pick me up from work.

14)  Ben picked them up at the Fort Lauderdale airport last week.

15)  ... those fingered have been suspended by the school authorities while police detectives have equally picked them up for questioning.

16)  No action was taken against the police officers who picked them up on the night of the murder and failed to spot signs of the ...

17)  A doting aunt, she picked them up from their play-school and headed to their favorite dessert shop ...

18)  You also require someone you feel can pick themselves up after losing and go out and cheer on the next group.

19)  ... keep almost getting there and being knocked down each time, really mentally draining to pick yourself up and go again.

20)  Sometimes it is fine to laugh things off, pick yourself up when you fall and then have another go.