pick up after (someone)

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of pick up after (someone)

: 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.

Word by Word Definitions

pick play
  1. : to pierce, penetrate, or break up with a pointed instrument

  2. : to remove bit by bit

  3. : to remove covering or adhering matter from

  1. : a blow or stroke with a pointed instrument

  2. : the act or privilege of choosing or selecting : choice

  3. : the best or choicest one

  1. : a heavy, usually long-handled iron or steel tool pointed at one or both ends — compare mattock

  2. : toothpick

  3. : picklock

  1. : to throw or thrust with effort : hurl

  2. : to throw (a shuttle) across the loom

  1. : the act of pitching or throwing

  2. : something thrown

  3. : a throw of the shuttle

up play
  1. : in or into a higher position or level

  2. : from beneath the ground or water to the surface

  3. : from below the horizon

  1. : risen above the horizon

  2. : standing

  3. : being out of bed

  1. used as a function word to indicate motion to or toward or situation at a higher point of

  2. : up into or in the

  3. : in a direction regarded as being toward or near the upper end or part of

  1. : one in a high or advantageous position

  2. : an upward slope

  3. : a period or state of prosperity or success

  1. : to rise from a lying or sitting position

  2. : to move upward : ascend

  3. used with and and another verb to indicate that the action of the following verb was either surprisingly or abruptly initiated

after play
  1. : following in time or place : afterward, behind, later

  1. : behind in place

  2. : subsequent to in time or order

  3. : subsequent to and in view of

  1. : subsequently to the time when

  1. : later in time

  2. : located toward the rear and especially toward the stern of a ship or tail of an aircraft

  1. used with a present participle to indicate action completed and especially just completed

  1. : afternoon

  1. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity that follows or results from the thing denoted by the second part of the compound

  2. used as the first part of a compound to indicate an event or entity of the same nature as the thing denoted by the second part of the compound but which follows that event or entity and is less intense or significant

  3. the rear or lower part

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody


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