- A card game played as a practical joke, wherein the "dealer" throws the deck of cards in the air, and the other player must pick them up off the floor.
1978 July 15, Herbeck Jr., Ray, “Unleashing the Grease on an Unsuspecting Public”, in Billboard, volume 90, number 28, ISSN 0006-2510, page S-12:
- She points to a shooting board propped against the studio wall. It resembles a game of 52 card pickup which has been picked up in turn from the floor and pinned en masse to the board.
2010 April 30, James Rolfe, “Action 52”, in The Angry Video Game Nerd:
- You know what's more fun than playing Action 52? (holds up deck of cards) 52-card pickup. You know how you play that? (riffles deck onto floor) Pick up the cards!
2010 August 12, Thomson, Melissa, Keena Ford and the Field Trip Mix-Up, Puffin, →ISBN, OL 24091246M:
- Brian came into my room and said, “Do you want to play 52-Card Pickup?” and I said, “Sure!” because like I said, I love card games. Then Brian took the cards out of the box and threw them EVERYWHERE in the room. And then Brian said, “Okay, now pick them up.”
- For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:52 pickup.