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noun pickup pronunciation in British English /ˈpɪkʌp/
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  1. 1



    pickup truck

    [countable] a truck with an open back and low sides
  2. 2
    [countable] a place or time at which people, goods, or other things are collected

    They make deliveries in the mornings and pickups in the afternoons.

  3. 3
    [singular] informal an improvement or increase in something
  4. 4
    [countable] informal a stranger that you meet with the purpose of having a short sexual relationship with them
  5. 5
    [countable] the part of a record player that touches the record and sends the sound to the speakers


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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