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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web 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 The workforce behind this beautiful spice are Afghan women who handpick the saffron flowers during harvest season in October/November. Shayna Harris, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 Put on a glove, handpick them, bag them and throw them out. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 To bring these converging trends together, Daman combed through ThredUp’s inventory to handpick both day and evening pieces for each resale box, with an emphasis on different city locales for style reference. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 15 July 2021 The comedian, 51, is partnering with fantasy sports platform StatHero on a new campaign that will allow players to handpick their lineups to go up against Rapaport's line-up cards. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, 12 July 2021 But the actor is happy to handpick the five most essential episodes from season 1 of the Jason Sudeikis-starring Apple TV+ soccer comedy to get new viewers hooked. Clark Collis, EW.com, 24 June 2021 Kingston gives the example of the backlash that ensued on social media when Mori, the former Tokyo 2020 head, tried to handpick another octogenarian man as his successor. Emiko Jozuka, Selina Wang And Junko Ogura, CNN, 5 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of handpick

1831, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of handpick was in 1831

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19 Oct 2021

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“Handpick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/handpick. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of handpick

: to pick (something, such as a fruit) by using your hand
: to choose (something or someone) carefully by yourself instead of letting someone else do it

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