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handpick

[hand-pik] /ˈhændˈpɪk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to pick by hand.
2.
to select personally and with care:
The boss handpicked his assistants.
Origin of handpick
1825-1835
First recorded in 1825-35; hand + pick1
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Examples from the Web for hand-pick
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  • I hand-pick my apples; sort into three classes—first, second, and refuse.

    The Apple Various
  • I hand-pick my apples into buckets and sacks from step-ladders.

    The Apple Various
  • I hand-pick my apples from a step-ladder into a sack with a hoop in the mouth.

    The Apple Various
  • I hand-pick my apples; sort into two classes—shipping and cider.

    The Apple Various
  • I hand-pick my apples for winter use into baskets from step-ladders.

    The Apple Various
  • I hand-pick my apples, in one-half bushel splint baskets; sort into two classes as soon as picked.

    The Apple Various
  • I hand-pick my fruit into sacks slung over the shoulder; I use a step-ladder for those I cannot reach.

    The Apple Various
British Dictionary definitions for hand-pick

hand-pick

verb
1.
(transitive) to choose or select with great care, as for a special job or purpose
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