What is the intention of using "pick up the pace" instead of "hurry up"?
"Pick up the pace" is an idiom that is just another way to say "hurry up" or "go faster". A "pace" is the rate that something is being done at, and to "pick up" in this case means to make something become higher or increased. You can use either expression in this case but "pick up the pace" sounds more idiomatic.
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