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  1. #1
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    pick up a book

    Hello,
    Can we use the verb to pick up metaphorically in an expression such as to pick up a book to mean to start reading a book?
    If it does not convey that kind of meaning is there any other phrasal verb which may do so?

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    Re: pick up a book

    We say, referring to books:
    "It's a real thriller. Once you pick it up (- meaning, start to read it) - you can't put it down." (Also referred to as a 'page-turner'.)
    "Now, class, turn to page 10 and pick up where we left off yesterday."

    " I picked up a book in the newsagency in the Departure lounge to read on the plane." - but this is not 'starting to read a book'.

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    Re: pick up a book

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    We say, referring to books:
    "It's a real thriller. Once you pick it up (- meaning, start to read it) - you can't put it down." (Also referred to as a 'page-turner'.)
    "Now, class, turn to page 10 and pick up where we left off yesterday."

    " I picked up a book in the newsagency in the Departure lounge to read on the plane." - but this is not 'starting to read a book'.
    Thank you David L.
    I think the meaning in sentence 1 is pretty much similar to what I wanted ton convey. It seemed to me I'd heard that expression but I couldn't find the right entry in the dictionary.
    The only entry which has a similar, ableit different, meaning is pick up meaning "to start again after an interruption; to return to something", which seems to be the meaning of pick up in sentence 2.

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