pick something up


pick something up
1)

we picked it up at a flea market

Syn:
find, discover, come across, stumble across, happen on, chance on, acquire, obtain, come by, get, buy, purchase; informal get hold of, get one's hands on
2)

he picked up the story in the 1950s

Syn:
resume, take up, start again, recommence, continue, carry/go on with
3)

she picked up a virus

Syn:
catch, contract, get, go/come down with
4)

all the gossip he'd picked up

Syn:
hear, hear tell, get wind of, be told, learn, glean
5)

we're picking up a distress signal

Syn:
receive, detect, get, hear

Synonyms and antonyms dictionary. 2014.

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  • pick something up — 1 we picked it up at a flea market: FIND, discover, come across, stumble across, happen on, chance on; acquire, obtain, come by, get, procure; …   Useful english dictionary

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  • pick something apart — pick (someone/something) apart to find mistakes, weaknesses, or faults in someone or something. When new software is developed, the company sends out a test version and asks users to pick it apart. Lots of players are picked apart by their… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick something off — pick (someone/something) off 1. to kill or shoot one person or animal at a time. Snipers picked the soldiers off one by one. The birds in the nest were picked off by hawks. 2. to select and attack or defeat a particular person or group. During… …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick something to pieces — pick/pull (someone/something) to pieces to criticize someone or something very severely, often in a way that is not fair. It s discouraging because every time I show him a bit of work I ve done he picks it to pieces …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick something off — ˌpick sthˈoff derived to remove sth from sth such as a tree, a plant, etc • Pick off all the dead leaves. Main entry: ↑pickderived …   Useful english dictionary