With Christopher in the car, Styers picked up his good friend Roger Scott.
In December of 2007, a nine-month pregnant Moceanu picked up a package from the post office.
Mengers, he recalled, only picked at her food, but she chain-smoked those doobies.
Graham told Sotomayor that he would not have picked her for the court, “but elections have consequences.”
If the recount would have continued on Dec. 9, Gore would not have picked up enough overvotes to overtake Bush.
I then returned and picked up the pouch as if to look into it.
Pierre dropped his powder-flask, and one of them picked it up and gave it to him.
Then Kerr, with a quick dash of his hand, picked up his glass.
Robert soon settled to work, and picked steadily and rapidly.
He picked it up, folded it carefully and slipped it in his pocket.
early 13c., picken "to peck;" c.1300, piken "to work with a pick," probably representing a fusion of Old English *pician "to prick," (implied by picung "a piercing, pricking," an 8c. gloss on Latin stigmata) with Old Norse pikka "to prick, peck," from a common Germanic root (cf. Middle Dutch picken, German picken "to pick, peck"), perhaps imitative. Influence from Middle French piquer "to prick, sting" (see pike (n.2)) also is possible, but that French word generally is not considered a source of the English word. Related: Picked; picking.
Meaning "to eat with small bites" is from 1580s. The meaning "to choose, select, pick out" emerged late 14c., from earlier meaning "to pluck with the fingers" (early 14c.). Sense of "to rob, plunder" (c.1300) weakened to a milder sense of "steal petty things" by late 14c. Of forcing locks with a pointed tool, by 1540s. Meaning "to pluck (a banjo)" is recorded from 1860. To pick a quarrel, etc. is from mid-15c.; to pick at "find fault with" is from 1670s. Pick on "single out for adverse attention" is from late 14c.; pick off "shoot one by one" is recorded from 1810; baseball sense of "to put out a runner on base" is from 1939. Also cf. pick up. To pick and choose "select carefully" is from 1660s (choose and pick is attested from c.1400).
c.1200, "pointed tool for breaking up rock or ground," variant of pike (n.4). Meaning "sharp tool" is from mid-14c.
mid-15c., "a blow with a pointed instrument," from pick (v.). Meaning "plectrum for a guitar, lute, etc." is from 1895; as a type of basketball block, from 1951; meaning "choicest part or example" is first recorded 1760.