pick up after (someone)

idiom

: to clean the mess created by (someone)
You have to pick up after yourself if you make a mess.
His mother still picks up after him.

Examples of pick up after (someone) in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Always pick up after your pet — dog waste left behind smells terrible and attracts flies, ruining the trail for everyone else. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 13 Mar. 2024 Owners who don’t pick up after their pets’ messes create extra work for maintenance staff. Kate Talerico, The Mercury News, 29 Feb. 2024 The series will pick up after the events of Rebels, with Ahsoka searching for Ezra Bridger and attempting to hunt down Grand Admiral Thrawn. Devan Coggan, EW.com, 31 May 2022 Anyone who fumes at neighbors who don’t pick up after their dogs can identify with the surveillance-welcoming residents of Seine-Saint-Denis. IEEE Spectrum, 27 Dec. 2023 Something similar happened in 2013, when seismicity appeared to drop only to pick up after a year. Alessio Perrone, Scientific American, 4 Dec. 2023 Part 2 will pick up after the tragedy and portray Prince William and Prince Harry (Luther Ford) navigating the next chapter of their lives, including William’s budding romance with the future Princess Kate at the University of St. Andrew’s in Scotland. Janine Henni, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 Season 21 will pick up after a massive cliffhanger that left audiences shocked. Keith Langston, Peoplemag, 5 Nov. 2023 Businesses were just starting to see summer tourism pick up after Memorial Day. Alyssa Lukpat, WSJ, 17 June 2022

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“Pick up after (someone).” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick%20up%20after%20%28someone%29. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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