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handpick

[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.
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Origin of handpick

First recorded in 1825–35; hand + pick1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Examples from the Web for hand-picking

Historical Examples

  • A man could, by hand-picking, clean only about a pound of cotton a day.

    Home Life in Colonial Days

    Alice Morse Earle

  • These can be separated by hand-picking and determined gravi-metrically.

    All About Coffee

    William H. Ukers

  • Hand-picking is the only remedy known, and this is quite a tedious process.

    American Pomology

    J. A. Warder

  • Where hand-picking is done, the larger-sized coal, separated by 3-in.

  • Where these four chafers are prevalent there is no cure but hand-picking.

    Roses and Rose Growing

    Rose Georgina Kingsley