noun 1. (def 3).
- Pick up on something
- Pick-up stick
[pik-uhp] /ˈpɪkˌʌp/ noun 1. one of a group of sticks used in the game of . 2. pick-up sticks [pik-uhp-stiks] /ˈpɪkˌʌpˌstɪks/ (Show IPA). (used with a singular verb) the game of .
- Pick up the pieces
Redeem a bad situation, restore matters to normal, as in Once fighting ended, the task force picked up the pieces and restored democracy. [ Late 1800s ]