: something that stimulates or restores : tonic, bracer
my usual morning pick-me-up

Examples of pick-me-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditionally, queso duro blando is the salty kiss in a Salvadoran quesadilla, which, unlike the Mexican dish of the same name, is a sweet bread verging on cake, just savory enough for breakfast or a midafternoon pick-me-up. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, 5 June 2024 Reflect on how your values have shifted in the last six months, but luckily for you, Venus' ingress into Gemini on the same day brings forth a sweet pick-me-up of fresh perspective and mental stimulation. Valerie Mesa, Peoplemag, 21 May 2024 Bring them on the road as a backup in case that one dish at the potluck could use a pick-me-up, pack a mini in your beach bag, or snag a few early stocking stuffers for spice lovers in your life. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 17 May 2024 General Daily Insight for April 30, 2024 The sensitive Moon supports ambitious Mars, providing a boost of energy for those of us who are feeling a little sluggish and need a pick-me-up. Tarot.com, Baltimore Sun, 30 Apr. 2024 Both puddings come with a mixable cookie crumb topping to blend into individual pudding cups for a sweet afternoon pick-me-up with every spoonful. Abigail Wilt, Southern Living, 14 May 2024 Eileen gets a pick-me-up at work with the arrival of sophisticated psychologist Rebecca (Anne Hathaway), who pulls the fragile younger woman into unfortunate circumstances. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 May 2024 Wendy’s has a midweek pick-me-up for the rest of 2024. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 9 May 2024 Should afternoon tea be more your thing, the Janu Lounge and Garden Terrace, just past the fifth-floor reception, is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Rebekah Peppler, Travel + Leisure, 1 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pick-me-up was in 1867

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“Pick-me-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pick-me-up. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

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: something that stimulates or refreshes

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