• Pickup

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    (plural pickups)
    1. An electronic device for detecting sound, vibration, etc., such as one fitted to an electric guitar or record player.
    2. (US, Canada) A pickup truck.
    3. (attributive) Impromptu or ad hoc, especially of sports games.At lunch we had a game of pickup hockey.
    4. An instance of approaching someone and engaging in romantic flirtation and courting with the intent to pursue romance, a date, or a sexual encounter. See also pick-up line, pick-up joint, pickup artist.Hey, thanks for the drink, but if this is a pickup, I'm not interested.
    5. (video games) An item that can be picked up by the player, conferring some benefit or effect; a power-up.
    6. (US, Canada) The act of a challenging party or candidate winning an electoral district held by an incumbent party or candidate. See also gainThe returns from the election show Apple Party candidate Jane Doe has made a pickup in the district of City West defeating Orange Party Incumbent Joe Smith
    7. The act of answering a telephone.
      • 2006, Georgina Spelvin, The Devil Made Me Do It, Little Red Hen Books (2008), ISBN 978-0-6151-9907-8, page 224:That's why the phone at the theater's on automatic pickup.
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