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  ( picks    plural & 3rd person present)   ( picking    present participle)   ( picked    past tense & past participle  )
1       verb   If you pick a particular person or thing, you choose that one.  
Mr Nowell had picked ten people to interview for six sales jobs in London...      V n  
I had deliberately picked a city with a tropical climate.      V n  
2       n-sing   You can refer to the best things or people in a particular group as the pickof that group.  
the N, usu the N of n  
The boys here are the pick of the under-15 cricketers in the country...     
3       verb   When you pick flowers, fruit, or leaves, you break them off the plant or tree and collect them.  
She used to pick flowers in the Cromwell Road...      V n  
4       verb   If you pick something from a place, you remove it from there with your fingers or your hand.  
He picked the napkin from his lap and placed it alongside his plate...      V n prep  
5       verb   If you pick your nose or teeth, you remove substances from inside your nose or between your teeth.  
Edgar, don't pick your nose, dear...      V n  
6       verb   If you pick a fight or quarrel with someone, you deliberately cause one.  
He picked a fight with a waiter and landed in jail...      V n with n  
7       verb   If someone such as a thief picks a lock, they open it without a key, for example by using a piece of wire.  
He picked each lock deftly, and rifled the papers within each drawer.      V n  
8       n-count   A pick is the same as a pickaxe.  
    ice pick  
10    If you pick and choose, you carefully choose only things that you really want and reject the others.  
pick and choose      phrase   Vs inflect, usu PHR n  
We, the patients, cannot pick and choose our doctors.     
11    If you have your pick of a group of things, you are able to choose any of them that you want.  
have one's pick      phrase   V inflects, PHR of n  
Here is an actress who could have her pick of any part...     
12    If you are told to take your pick, you can choose any one that you like from a group of things.  
take one's pick      phrase   V inflects, oft PHR of/from n  
Accountants can take their pick of company cars...     
13    If you pick your way across an area, you walk across it very carefully in order to avoid obstacles or dangerous things.  
pick one's way      phrase   V inflects, PHR prep/adv  
The girls were afraid of snakes and picked their way along with extreme caution...     
    to pick someone's brains  
    to pick holes in something  
    to pick someone's pocket  
    pocket   pick at      phrasal verb   If you pick at the food that you are eating, you eat only very small amounts of it.  
Sarah picked at a plate of cheese for supper, but she wasn't really hungry.      V P n   pick off      phrasal verb   If someone picks off people or aircraft, they shoot them down one by one, aiming carefully at them from a distance.  
Both groups on either side are just picking off innocent bystanders...      V P n (not pron)  
Any decent shot with telescopic sights could pick us off at random.      V n P   pick on  
1       phrasal verb   If someone picks on you, they repeatedly criticize you unfairly or treat you unkindly.  
INFORMAL   Bullies pick on younger children...      V P n  
2       phrasal verb   If someone picks on a particular person or thing, they choose them, for example for special attention or treatment.  
  (mainly BRIT)   (=pick)  
When you have made up your mind, pick on a day when you will not be under much stress...      V P n   pick out  
1       phrasal verb   If you pick out someone or something, you recognize them when it is difficult to see them, for example because they are among a large group.  
The detective-constable picked out the words with difficulty...      V P n (not pron)  
Steven describes himself as `a regular guy<endash>you couldn't pick me out of a crowd'.      V n P  
2       phrasal verb   If you pick out someone or something, you choose them from a group of people or things.   (=select)  
I have been picked out to represent the whole team...      V P n (not pron)  
There are so many great newscasters it's difficult to pick one out.      V n P  
3       phrasal verb   If part of something is picked outin a particular colour, it is painted in that colour so that it can be seen clearly beside the other parts.  
usu passive   (=highlight)  
The name is picked out in gold letters over the shop-front.      be V-ed P   pick over      phrasal verb   If you pick over a quantity of things, you examine them carefully, for example to reject the ones you do not want.  
Pick over the fruit and pile on top of the cream.      V P n (not pron)   pick up         
1       phrasal verb   When you pick something up, you lift it up.  
He picked his cap up from the floor and stuck it back on his head...      V n P  
Ridley picked up a pencil and fiddled with it.      V P n (not pron)  
2       phrasal verb   When you pickyourselfup after you have fallen or been knocked down, you stand up rather slowly.  
Anthony picked himself up and set off along the track.      V pron-refl P  
3       phrasal verb   When you pick up    someone or something that is waiting to be collected, you go to the place where they are and take them away, often in a car.      
She went over to her parents' house to pick up some clean clothes...      V P n (not pron)  
I picked her up at Covent Garden to take her to lunch with my mother.      V n P  
4       phrasal verb   If someone is picked up by the police, they are arrested and taken to a police station.  
Rawlings had been picked up by police at his office...      be V-ed P  
The police picked him up within the hour.      V n P, Also V P n (not pron)  
5       phrasal verb   If you pick up    something such as a skill or an idea, you acquire it without effort over a period of time.      
INFORMAL   Where did you pick up your English?...      V P n (not pron)  
6       phrasal verb   If you pick up    someone you do not know, you talk to them and try to start a sexual relationship with them.      
INFORMAL   He had picked her up at a nightclub on Kallari Street, where she worked as a singer.      V n P, Also V P n (not pron)  
7       phrasal verb   If you pick up    an illness, you get it from somewhere or something.       (=catch)  
They've picked up a really nasty infection from something they've eaten.      V P n (not pron), Also V n P  
8       phrasal verb   If a piece of equipment, for example a radio or a microphone, picks up a signal or sound, it receives it or detects it.  
We can pick up Italian television...      V P n (not pron)  
9       phrasal verb   If you pick up    something, such as a feature or a pattern, you discover or identify it.      
Consumers in Europe are slow to pick up trends in the use of information technology.      V P n (not pron)  
10       phrasal verb   If someone picks up a point or topic that has already been mentioned, or if they pick up on it, they refer to it or develop it.  
Can I just pick up that gentleman's point?...      V P n (not pron)  
I'll pick up on what I said a couple of minutes ago.      V P P n, Also V n P  
11       phrasal verb   If trade or the economy of a country picks up, it improves.  
Industrial production is beginning to pick up.      V P  
12       phrasal verb   If you pick someone up on something that they have said or done, you mention it and tell them that you think it is wrong.  
  (mainly BRIT)  
...if I may pick you up on that point...      V n P P n  
14    When you pick up the pieces after a disaster, you do what you can to get the situation back to normal again.  
pick up the pieces      phrase   V inflects  
Do we try and prevent problems or do we try and pick up the pieces afterwards?...     
15    When a vehicle picks up speed, it begins to move more quickly.  
pick up speed      phrase   V inflects   (=accelerate)  
Brian pulled away slowly, but picked up speed.     

cherry-pick     ( cherry-picks    3rd person present)   ( cherry-picking    present participle)   ( cherry-picked    past tense & past participle  ) If someone cherry-picks people or things, they choose the best ones from a group of them, often in a way that other people consider unfair.      verb  
The club is in debt while others are queuing to cherry-pick their best players.      V n  
hand-pick        ( hand-picks    3rd person present)   ( hand-picking    present participle)   ( hand-picked    past tense & past participle  ) , handpick   If someone is hand-picked, they are very carefully chosen by someone in authority for a particular purpose or a particular job.      verb  
He was hand-picked for this job by the Admiral...      be V-ed  
Sokagakkai was able to hand-pick his successor.      V n  
ice pick        ( ice picks    plural  ) , icepick   An ice pick is a small pointed tool that you use for breaking ice.      n-count  
pick-me-up        ( pick-me-ups    plural  ) A pick-me-up is something that you have or do when you are tired or depressed in order to make you feel better.  
INFORMAL      n-count  
This is an ideal New Year pick-me-up<endash>a five day holiday in the Bahamas.     
pick 'n' mix      , pick and mix  
Pick 'n' mix is used to describe a way of getting a collection of things together by choosing a number of different ones.  
  (BRIT)      adj   ADJ n  
It is, as some senior officials conceded, a pick 'n' mix approach to policy., ...a pick-and-mix selection of fabrics and wallpapers.     
pick-up        ( pick-ups    plural  ) , pickup  
1       n-count   A pick-up or a pick-up truck is a small truck with low sides that can be easily loaded and unloaded.  
2       n-sing   A pick-upin trade or in a country's economy is an improvement in it.  
usu N in n  
...a pick-up in the housing market...     
3       n-count   A pick-up takes place when someone picks up a person or thing that is waiting to be collected.  
usu N n  
The company had pick-up points in most cities...     
4       n-count   When a pick-up takes place, someone talks to a person in a friendly way in the hope of having a casual sexual relationship with them.  
INFORMAL   They had come to the world's most famous pick-up joint.     
Traducción diccionario Collins Inglés Cobuild  

pick up


1    gather, grasp, hoist, lift, raise, take up, uplift  
2    buy, come across, find, garner, happen upon, obtain, purchase, score     (slang)  
3    be on the mend, gain, gain ground, get better, improve, make a comeback     (informal)   mend, perk up, rally, recover, take a turn for the better, turn the corner  
4    call for, collect, get, give someone a lift, go to get, uplift     (Scot.)  
5    acquire, get the hang of     (informal)   learn, master  
6      (slang)   apprehend, arrest, bust     (informal)   collar     (informal)   do     (slang)   feel one's collar     (slang)   lift     (slang)   nab     (informal)   nail     (informal)   nick     (slang, chiefly Brit.)   pinch     (informal)   pull in     (Brit. slang)   run in     (slang)   take into custody  

Diccionario de inglés sinónimos  

Pick up artist n.
a person, generally a man, dedicated to improving his skills in attracting and seducing the other sex
Other spelling : Pickup artist The use of "pick up" in this context comes from American slang and means becoming acquainted with, esp. with a view to having sexual relations

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