[ hand-pik ]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to pick by hand.

  2. to select personally and with care: The boss handpicked his assistants.

Origin of handpick

First recorded in 1825–35; hand + pick1

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How to use handpick in a sentence

  • 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
  • Rick felt a giant hand pick him up, shake him, then slam him into a palmetto.

    The Flaming Mountain | Harold Leland Goodwin
  • I hand-pick my apples into buckets and sacks from step-ladders.

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

    The Apple | Various

British Dictionary definitions for hand-pick


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

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