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pick sth up

phrasal verb with pick     /pɪk/ verb [T]
GET
to get something: I picked up a leaflet on mortgages while I was at the bank. She picked up some real bargains in the sale.Getting, receiving and acceptingCapturing or taking possession of things
LEARN
B2 to learn a new skill or language by practising it and not by being taught it: He hadn't done any skiing before, but he picked it up really quickly.Knowing and learning
ILLNESS
to get an illness from someone or something: She picked up a nasty stomach bug while she was on holiday.Not fit and healthyThin or slender (of people)
SIGNAL
If a piece of equipment picks up a signal, it receives it: Antennas around the top of the ship picked up the radar signals.Communicating by telephone
NOTICE
to notice something: Police dogs picked up the scent of the two men from clothes they had left behind.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant
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