- an alcoholic drink taken to restore one's energy or good spirits.
- any restorative, as a snack or coffee.
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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Related Wordsupper, motivation, stimulus, tonic, incentive, restorative, motive, drug, spur, catalyst, energizer, analeptic, reviver
Examples from the Web for pick-me-up
This fancy spice pack pairs with four different spirits—vodka, tequila, aquavit, and gin—to ensure the perfect morning pick-me-up.The Daily Beast’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Don Draper in Your Life
November 29, 2014
They're picking themselves up off the floor, but they need a pick-me-up.Debates, the Troops, Feelings
October 11, 2012
To see 'those two' in so unlikely a spot was quite a merciful 'pick-me-up.'The Forsyte Saga, Complete
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
But they certainly take the mixture as a pick-me-up in Brazil.Cakes & Ale
- informal a tonic or restorative, esp a special drink taken as a stimulant
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