American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Informal A drink, often an alcoholic beverage, taken as a stimulant or a cure for a hangover.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stimulating drink.
- n. a drink, especially an alcoholic one, taken as a stimulant or sometimes as a hangover cure; a restorative, tonic or bracer
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. colloq. A stimulant, restorative, or tonic; a bracer.
- n. anything with restorative powers
- n. a tonic or restorative (especially a drink of liquor)
“The so-called "pick-me-up" Security Feel Better went on sale in Australia last week, with its website promising users will feel the effects within 45 minutes.”
“Then, at the party, some guy offers him a pick-me-up drink called "The Rocket.”
“If you're looking for a quick pick-me-up, don't reach for a bowl of ice cream or a caffeinated energy drink.”
“There is value in the market, whatever Sir Alex Ferguson might say, but if you simply want a mid-season pick-me-up a returning favourite appears to be the flavour of the month rather than a gamble involving amounts of money that can blow up in your face.”
“Caffeine addiction is such a downer that regular coffee drinkers may get no real pick-me-up from their morning cup, according to a study by British scientists.”
“I spent my weekend walking around Soho, and enjoying some of my favorite spots like Balthazar for breakfast and Topshop for a quick shopping pick-me-up.”
“It could mean calling someone far away who really needs a pick-me-up call or doing someone a favor that they hate to ask for.”
“—Adapted from "Around My French Table," by Dorie Greenspan iStockPhoto Zucchini Chilled Zucchini-Basil Soup An icy, bright green soup that's good as an afternoon pick-me-up or for brunch, supper or a picnic.”
“The artwork will then be donated to a school, synagogue or other public place in need of an aesthetic pick-me-up.”
“Michelada - A traditional hangover remedy, the Michelada is part beer, part Bloody Mary and works equally well as a morning pick-me-up or an early evening party-starter.”
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