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handpick

[hand-pik] /ˈhændˈpɪk/
verb (used with object)
1.
to pick by hand.
2.
to select personally and with care:
The boss handpicked his assistants.
Origin of handpick
1825-1835
1825-35; hand + pick1
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  • Business was good; and by closing time on Wednesday the firm had in stock ten high-grade, hand-picked stray cats.

    Sube Cane Edward Bellamy Partridge
  • It was an old-fashioned convention of the hand-picked variety.

  • The fragments thus produced must be hand-picked, and those which are not perfectly free from foreign matter should be rejected.

  • We hand-picked the directors, and put it up to you, strictly.

    Skylark Three Edward Elmer Smith
  • The coffees are graded as caracollilo (peaberry), primero (hand-picked), segundo (second grade), trillo (low grade).

    All About Coffee William H. Ukers
British Dictionary definitions for hand-picked

hand-picked

adjective
1.
selected with great care, as for a special job or purpose; chosen
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