pickup vs pick up :

pickup or 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.”

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  • n  a light truck with an open body and low sides and a tailboard
  • n  a warrant to take someone into custody
    put out a pickup on that man
  • n  anything with restorative powers
    she needed the pickup that coffee always gave her
  • n  a casual acquaintance; often made in hope of sexual relationships
  • n  the attribute of being capable of rapid acceleration
    his car has a lot of pickup
  • 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
    garbage pickup is on Mondays and Thursdays
  • n  the act of taking aboard passengers or freight

  • 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
News & Articles

  • Teen's pickup rolls E. of Hampton; 4 injured
    Four people were injured Saturday afternoon when a pickup driven by a 15-year-old boy left Highway 20 east of Hampton and rolled several times, Oregon State Police reported.
    June 16, 2013 - KTVZ Bend
  • Pickup truck stolen
    A pickup truck was stolen from a home in the 67000 block of County Farm Road in Burr Oak Township.
    June 13, 2013 - Sturgis Journal
  • 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.
    June 13, 2013 - WMUR New Hampshire

  • 30% Don't Pick up Bone Meds
    Nearly 30% of women fail to pick up new prescriptions for osteoporosis medications, according to research done by Kaiser Permanente, one of the nation's largest not-for-profit health plans.
    June 14, 2013 - ThirdAge
  • No more loose green waste pick up
    The city will no longer pick up loose green waste this year. Only containerized green waste will be picked up from now on. Property owners with loose green waste will be ticketed.
    June 13, 2013 - The Observer-Dispatch
  • 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 […]
    June 12, 2013 - New England Sports Network