pick up on

pick up on
phrasal
1.
b. : to become aware of : notice
2. : to adopt as one's own

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pick up on [phrasal verb]
1 pick up on (something)
1 a : to notice or become aware of (something)

He didn't pick up on the hint.

I seemed to be the only one who picked up on the mistake.

The reader soon picks up on the fact that the story's main character is crazy.

She was nervous, but no one picked up on it.

1 b : to take (something, such as an idea) from another person or group and use it or continue to develop it yourself

The media has recently begun to pick up on this issue.

The fashion world picked up on this trend after she wore that dress to the award show.

The other students quickly picked up on [=adopted] the expression.

1 c : to continue talking about (a statement, subject, etc.)

I'd like to pick up on your last comment.

She began the class by picking up on a point she made earlier.

2 pick up (someone) on (something) or pick (someone) up on (something) Brit : to question (someone) about (something said or done)

I'd like to pick up the last speaker on one of the points she made.

When he said that whales were fish, I felt I had to pick him up on it. [=to challenge him on it]

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