pick up speed

pick up speed
Syn: gather pace

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  • pick up speed — (or steam) (of a vehicle) go faster; accelerate * * * pick up ˈspeed idiom to go faster • The train began to pick up speed. Main entry: ↑pickidiom …   Useful english dictionary

  • pick up speed — increase the speed of The car picked up speed as it began to go down the hill …   Idioms and examples

  • pick up speed — to increase in value or degree. Stocks picked up speed in the final hour of trading this afternoon …   New idioms dictionary

  • pick — 1 /pIk/ verb (T) 1 CHOOSE STH to choose someone or something good or suitable from a group or range of people or things: Students have to pick three courses from a list of 15. | Let me pick a few examples at random. | pick your words (=be careful …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • pick — pick1 W1S1 [pık] v [T] ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(choose something)¦ 2¦(flowers/fruit etc)¦ 3¦(remove something)¦ 4 pick your way through/across/among etc something 5 pick your nose 6 pick your teeth 7 pick somebody s brains 8 pick a quarrel/fight (with… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • pick — pick1 [ pık ] verb transitive *** 1. ) to choose someone or something from a group: Out of all the girls he could have gone out with, he picked me. pick someone/something for something: She was picked for the school play. pick someone to do… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • pick up — phrasal verb Word forms pick up : present tense I/you/we/they pick up he/she/it picks up present participle picking up past tense picked up past participle picked up 1) [transitive] to lift someone or something up from a surface He picked the… …   English dictionary

  • speed — speed1 W1S2 [spi:d] n ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ 1¦(of movement)¦ 2¦(of action)¦ 3¦(fast)¦ 4¦(photography)¦ 5¦(drug)¦ 6 five speed/ten speed etc 7 up to speed ▬▬▬▬▬▬▬ [: Old English; Origin: sped success, quickness ] …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • speed — [[t]spi͟ːd[/t]] ♦♦ speeds, speeding, sped, speeded (The form of the past tense and past participle is sped in meaning 5 but speeded for the phrasal verb.) 1) N VAR: with supp The speed of something is the rate at which it moves or travels. He… …   English dictionary

  • speed — 1 W1, S2 /spi:d/ noun 1 OF MOVEMENT (C, U) how fast something moves or travels: What speed are we doing? | Police are advising motorists to reduce speed. | pick up/gather speed (=gradually start to travel faster): Once outside the station, the… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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