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Origin of pick-me-up

First recorded in 1865–70; noun use v. of phrase pick me up
Also called pickup.
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Contemporary Examples of pick-me-up

Historical Examples of pick-me-up

  • To see 'those two' in so unlikely a spot was quite a merciful 'pick-me-up.'

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for pick-me-up


  1. informal a tonic or restorative, esp a special drink taken as a stimulant
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