- Pick something up
verb phrase To notice; discover; learn: Did you pick that wink up?/ He picked up pitching in no time (1857+)
[pik-thangk] /ˈpɪkˌθæŋk/ noun, Archaic. 1. a person who seeks favor by flattery or gossip; sycophant.
- Pick to pieces
verb phrase To be exquisitely critical: We were sitting around picking the speech to pieces (1859+) see: pick apart
[pik-uhp] /ˈpɪkˌʌp/ noun 1. an improvement, as in health, business conditions, work, production, etc. 2. Informal. . 3. Informal. a casual, usually unintroduced acquaintance, often one made in hope of a sexual relationship. 4. an instance of stopping for or taking aboard passengers or freight, as by a train, ship, taxicab, etc., especially an instance […]