pickup vs pick up : Common Errors in English

About pickup vs pick up

The noun is spelled “pickup” as in “drive your pickup” or “that coffee gave me a pickup,” or “we didn’t have a real date; it was just a pickup.” If it’s a thing, use the single-word form. But if it’s an action (verb-plus-adverb phrase) then spell it as two words: “pick up your dirty underwear.”There’s also the adjectival form, which has to be hyphenated: “Jeremy tried out one of his corny pick-up lines on me at the bar.” According to this rule, it should be a “pick-up game” but you’re unlikely to get into trouble for writing “pickup game.”

pickup Meaning(s)

  • (n) a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
  • (n) a warrant to take someone into custody
  • (n) anything with restorative powers
  • (n) a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
  • (n) the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
  • (n) mechanical device consisting of a light balanced arm that carries the cartridge
  • (n) an electro-acoustic transducer that is the part of the arm of a record player that holds the needle and that is removable
  • (n) the act or process of picking up or collecting from various places
  • (n) the act of taking aboard passengers or freight

pick up Meaning(s)

  • (v) take and lift upward
  • (v) take up by hand
  • (v) give a passenger or a hitchhiker a lift
  • (v) gather or collect
  • (v) get to know or become aware of, usually accidentally
  • (v) get in addition, as an increase
  • (v) take into custody
  • (v) buy casually or spontaneously
  • (v) register (perceptual input)
  • (v) lift out or reflect from a background
  • (v) meet someone for sexual purposes
  • (v) fill with high spirits; fill with optimism
  • (v) improve significantly; go from bad to good
  • (v) perceive with the senses quickly, suddenly, or momentarily
  • (v) eat by pecking at, like a bird
  • (v) gain or regain energy

pickup in News

  1. Pickup truck stolen

    A pickup truck was stolen from a home in the 67000 block of County Farm Road in Burr Oak Township.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Sturgis Journal

  2. Pickup Truck Crashes Into Hampton, NH Toll Booth

    No one was injured in a dramatic crash Wednesday morning that left a pickup truck on the roof of a Hampton toll booth.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: CBS Boston

  3. Pickup truck crashes into Hampton tollbooth

    Police are investigating how a pickup truck ended up perched on top of a concrete barrier in front of a Hampton tollbooth Wednesday morning.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: WMUR New Hampshire

pick up in News

  1. Adrian Wilson Says He’s Leaning on Devin McCourty to Pick Up Patriots’ Defense

    FOXBORO, Mass. — Many of Adrian Wilson‘s teammates have praised the veteran safety for his work ethic and leadership skills out on the field. It’s easy to see why — Wilson takes football very seriously. Wilson may lead by example, but he’s also trying to pick up the intricacies of the Patriots’ defense from his […]
    on June 13, 2013 Source: New England Sports Network

  2. No one's picking up in North Korea day after talks with South break down

    SEOUL (Reuters) - A day after snubbing Seoul by offering to send a junior official to hold the first supposedly high-level talks between the two Koreas in six years, North Korea appeared to be refusing to pick up a phone line it re-established just last Friday. The unpredictable North had called for talks between the two countries in order to try to reopen a money-spinning joint industrial park ...
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Talks pick up between Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets

    Talks pick up between Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets
    on June 11, 2013 Source: CBS Sports

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