high-grad·​ing ˈhī-ˈgrā-diŋ How to pronounce high-grading (audio)
: the practice of selecting only the most healthy or valuable individuals in harvesting a natural resource (such as timber or fish)

Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of high-grading was in 1950

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“High-grading.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/high-grading. Accessed 18 May. 2024.

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