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pick up (1)

v. phr. 1. [cf. OED pick idem] to gather (fruit, etc.): 1966 He pick up a few [nuts off a tree] (Crowley 128). cf. Pick3 v. 1 (Mayag., Inagua)

2. [cf. OED pick up to acquire as opportunity allows (e.g. a language); cf. US slang pick up on that to suddenly grasp or seize upon (an idea)] to understand (youth slang): 1974 Pick up? = Understand? (King 27). (Andros)

Tags: verb phrase, youth slang

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Last update: 2012-12-02 16:41
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.1

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