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[pik-mee-uhp] /ˈpɪk miˌʌp/
noun, Informal.
an alcoholic drink taken to restore one's energy or good spirits.
any restorative, as a snack or coffee.
Also called pickup.
Origin of pick-me-up
First recorded in 1865-70; noun use v. of phrase pick me up Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pick-me-up
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  • To see 'those two' in so unlikely a spot was quite a merciful 'pick-me-up.'

    The Forsyte Saga, Complete John Galsworthy
  • A brisk walk in the early morning air was the only pick-me-up he needed.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • pick-me-up, a revivifying drink taken after a debauch; a tonic.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • Right we were to do so, for he is as stimulating as a pick-me-up.

    My Austrian Love

    Maxime Provost
  • But they certainly take the mixture as a pick-me-up in Brazil.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • I wanted a pick-me-up so badly, I just had to go in and get it.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • We called first on a chemist for a pick-me-up for my uncle, and then we found the shop we needed.

    Tono Bungay H. G. Wells
  • He produced two bottles—one containing the pick-me-up, the other soda.

    Miser Farebrother (vol 3 of 3) Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
British Dictionary definitions for pick-me-up


(informal) a tonic or restorative, esp a special drink taken as a stimulant
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for pick-me-up



  1. A drink or snack that invigorates; pepper-upper, perker-upper
  2. A drink of liquor taken to restore tone and morale (1867+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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