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pick-me-up

[pik-mee-uhp] /ˈpɪk miˌʌp/
noun, Informal.
1.
an alcoholic drink taken to restore one's energy or good spirits.
2.
any restorative, as a snack or coffee.
Also called pickup.
Origin of pick-me-up
1865-1870
1865-70; noun use v. of phrase pick me up
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  • That beverage they considered worthy only of late breakfast, and to be taken as a morning pick-me-up.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
  • pick-me-up, a revivifying drink taken after a debauch; a tonic.

    The Slang Dictionary John Camden Hotten
  • I don't forget the time when you drank my 'pick-me-up' first, and biologised me afterwards.

    Piccadilly Laurence Oliphant
  • But they certainly take the mixture as a pick-me-up in Brazil.

    Cakes & Ale Edward Spencer
  • Feeling somewhat faint after this exertion, he instructed the chauffeur to drive to a Chemist's where he ordered a pick-me-up.

    De Mortuis Nil Nisi Bona Ernest Evan Spicer
  • I wanted a pick-me-up so badly, I just had to go in and get it.

    The Celebrity at Home Violet Hunt
  • A brisk walk in the early morning air was the only pick-me-up he needed.

    The Prodigal Father J. Storer Clouston
  • 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
British Dictionary definitions for pick-me-up

pick-me-up

noun
1.
(informal) a tonic or restorative, esp a special drink taken as a stimulant
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Slang definitions & phrases for pick-me-up

pick-me-up

noun

  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.
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