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    Question It Was Picked Up That ....

    "It's picked up that they were always late."

    What does "it is picked up that..." mean?

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    "It's picked up that they were always late."

    What does "it is picked up that..." mean?
    Well, not the best way to describe what I infer to mean that "it was noticed from information provided that they were always late".

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    Not a teacher

    "pick up" stands also for "selecting" and "choosing" a bit of a wider context would help...

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    so it's slang or an informal phrase?

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    It may, by some quarters be classified as slang in:

    "pick up a girl at a disco"

    An opinion I don't share. As for other uses is perfectly current.

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    Quote Originally Posted by EverLivingPoet View Post
    so it's slang or an informal phrase?
    The sentence is rather strange- I wouldn't use it.

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    I don't either. I would say "meet". But strange as it may sound it is widely used, although, as I've said, censored by some quarters. Just google it.

    Regards.

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    Re: It Was Picked Up That ....

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Well, not the best way to describe what I infer to mean that "it was noticed from information provided that they were always late".
    While there are several meanings for the term "pick up", the use of "it" in the original post and the statement being out of context, lead me to decide on my response. Also, synonyms (from synonyms.com) for my inference are:
    learn, hear, get word, get wind, find out, get a line, discover, see,
    perceive, comprehend

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