pick up after

pick up after (someone or oneself)

To collect and put away a mess that someone or oneself has left around. You really need to pick up after yourself if you're going to use my workshop. I'm so sick of picking up after the kids. They need to start putting their toys away at night!
See also: after, pick, up
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pick up after someone or something

to tidy up after someone or a group. I refuse to pick up after you all the time. I refuse to pick up after your rowdy friends.
See also: after, pick, up
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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