pick-up (plural pick-ups)
- Alternative form of
- 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.
- The act of collecting and taking away something or someone, usually in a vehicle. The time the act occurs.
- (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.
- (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:
- 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.
- Hyphenation: pick‧up