World Cup Phrase – Pick Up a Caution
A caution is a warning. A referee can caution a player by speaking to them or by giving them a yellow card. To pick up means to get or to receive, so the verb phrase, to pick up a caution, means to be given a yellow card, to be shown a yellow card. You can also use the verb to pick up with an injury – to pick up an injury.
- Example: Thiago Silva picked up a caution on Brazil’s game against Columbia and is out of the semi final.
- Example: Di Maria picked up an injury in the quarter final against Belgium and will miss the semis.