handpick

[hand-pik]

verb (used with object)

to pick by hand.
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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Examples from the Web for hand-pick

Historical Examples of hand-pick

  • 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, in one-half bushel splint baskets; sort into two classes as soon as picked.

    The Apple

    Various

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

    The Apple

    Various



British Dictionary definitions for hand-pick

hand-pick

verb

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