hand·​pick | \ ˈhan(d)-ˈpik How to pronounce handpick (audio) \
handpicked; handpicking; handpicks

Definition of handpick

transitive verb

1 : to pick by hand as opposed to a machine process
2 : to select personally or for personal ends

Examples of handpick in a Sentence

They run a farm where you can handpick fresh strawberries. a box of handpicked strawberries The executive handpicked her successor.
Recent Examples on the Web All attendees will be able to handpick three books from the stacks, which will be organized by grade. San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Apr. 2022 Watson had a no-trade clause in his contract, which gave him the ability to handpick his destination, which turned out to be Cleveland. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, 24 Mar. 2022 This angered many local conservatives, who didn’t appreciate Meadows’s attempt to handpick his successor. Lisa Rab, Washington Post, 23 Feb. 2022 The biggest reward of building A Dozen Cousins has been having the freedom to handpick my team and our key partners. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, 2 Feb. 2022 The company will handpick hotels initially in markets including, New York, Washington, D.C., Boston, Chicago, Las Vegas and Orlando, targeting travelers from southern or midwestern states who might be driving to Florida or flying into Las Vegas. Michael Alpiner, Forbes, 5 Nov. 2021 If the Lancers finish unbeaten, they can’t be denied — CIF officials handpick the teams to play in the Open title game. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Nov. 2021 Critics say eliminating such caucuses, too, could cut down on the number of people who rig the system — choosing to retire early in order to try to handpick their successor ahead of a primary or general election. Kaitlin Lange, The Indianapolis Star, 7 Oct. 2021 The roses bloom for only a few short weeks, and women handpick the flowers during that time. Jessica Matlin, Harper's BAZAAR, 14 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of handpick

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Last Updated

4 May 2022

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“Handpick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handpick. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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