pick-up ‎(plural pick-ups)

  1. Alternative form of pickup
  2. An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also pick-up line, pick-up joint, pickup artist.
    Hey, thanks for the drink, but if this is a pick up, I'm not interested.
  3. The act of collecting and taking away something or someone, usually in a vehicle. The time the act occurs.
  4. (attributive) An impromptu athletic game.
    Rather than join a basketball league, James decided to play pick-up.
    At lunch we had a game of pick-up hockey.
  5. (tennis) An instance of retrieving the ball, usually from a low, difficult position.
    • 2011 June 28, David Ornstein, “Wimbledon 2011: Victoria Azarenka beats Tamira Paszek in quarters”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      The fourth seed was dominating her 20-year-old opponent with a series of stinging groundstrokes and athletic drive-volleys, striking again in game five when Paszek flicked a forehand pick-up into the tramlines.



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  • Hyphenation: pick‧up


Borrowing from English pickup


pick-up m ‎(plural pick-ups, diminutive pick-upje n)

  1. pickup (truck)
  2. pickup (electronic device to turn vibrations into an electric signal)
  3. record player


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