pickup line


: a prepared remark used by a person to start a conversation with a stranger they are interested in having a romantic relationship with
He tried using one of his clever pickup lines on her, but it didn't work.

Examples of pickup line in a Sentence

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“Pickup line.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pickup%20line. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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