LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||23/OUT/2011 3:40 AM|
The Free Dictionary
pick up on Informal
1. To take into the mind and understand, typically with speed: is quick to pick up on new computer skills.
2. To notice: picked up on my roommate's bad mood and left him alone.
PPaulo, is it possible you misread the phrase?
To pick up = to learn without formal study, to understand something without asking direct questions about it, to lift, to make a date with someone you meet for the first time, etc.
To pick on = to bully, to intimidate, to humiliate, etc.
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