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English definition of “pick sth up”

pick sth up

(ILLNESS) phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb
to catch an illness from someone or something, caused by bacteria or a virus : He picked up malaria when he was visiting the country on business .Being and falling ill
(Definition of pick sth up (ILLNESS) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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