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pick sb up

verb uk phrasal verb with pick   /pɪk/ us  

(POLICE)

UK informal (of the police) to stop someone and take them to a police station in order to be questioned or arrested: He was picked up by the police for drug dealing. The police picked her up just outside Canterbury.

(MEET)

informal to start a sexual or romantic relationship with someone you do not know, by talking to that person and giving them a lot of attention: He said he'd picked the woman up in a bar.
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