Meaning of “pick sb up” in the English Dictionary

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"pick sb up" in British English

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pick sb up

phrasal verb with pick uk /pɪk/ us /pɪk/ verb


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.


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.

(Definition of “pick sb up” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)