scoop up - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
present tense
I/you/we/theyscoop up
he/she/itscoops up
present participlescooping up
past tensescooped up
past participlescooped up
  1. 1
    to lift something or someone quickly with your hands or arms

    The child flung her arms around him as he knelt to scoop her up.

    Ralph scooped up a handful of dirt.

  2. 2
    informal to get something, usually something good or valuable, before someone else gets it
See also main entry: scoop