6 Phrasal verbs with PICK.
eat little;not interested in it
Children often pick at their food.
to touch something in an annoying way
- Order whatever pizza you want,I’ll just pick the mushrooms off.
- I’ll just pick off the mushrooms .
to bully someone
Bully:a person who uses strength or power to harm or intimidate these who are weaker.
- Teenagers often pick on the new kid at school.
- If you are being picked on at school,you should talk to the teacher about it.
- pick on someone your own size:It’s used for telling someone to stop criticizing or attacking someone who is smaller or weaker than them.
choosing or recognizing something from a group
- Pick out one of the pastries(a kind of food) to buy for your gramma.
- He’s really tall,easy to pick out in a crowd.
to lift something from ground or the floor or a table ,any flat surface really.
- Can you pick up a baby?
- There was rubbish on the ground,so i picked it up.
to GET someone in a car
- I need to pick up Tom at 6 o’olock.
- Hi mum,it’ me!It’s raining and i forgot an umbrella.Can you come pick me up?
to COLLECT something
- Can you pick up dinner on the way home?
- Your dry cleaning is ready to be picked up.
to improve or increase or get stronger
- It was so nice at the beach this morning,until the wind picked up.
- The train was picking up speed as it left the city.
to obtain or acquire something(usually knowledge)
- I lived in Ho Chi Minh City for a year, so picked up a bit of Vietnamese.
- I picked up a cold while i was on holiday.
(informal and colloquial )to start talking to someone at a bar with something else in mind .you talk to them because you like the look of them…hhh
- Johnny only comes out with us to pick up girls!
- Sarah went home last night with a guy she picked up at the bar.
to become aware of something;If you pick up on something,it means you learn about it in little piece of information connected together in your own mind
You might pick up on the fact that your sister is upset because her boyfriend broke up with her.
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