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[hand-pik] /ˈhændˈpɪk/
verb (used with object)
to pick by hand.
to select personally and with care:
The boss handpicked his assistants.
Origin of handpick
1825-35; hand + pick1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It was not uncommon for a judge to step down before the end of his term and handpick a successor, who then ran unopposed.
  • handpick and destroy pupae by crushing them completely.
  • handpick mature cones from the trees or from the ground.
  • Everybody in their lifetime should have the opportunity to handpick a staff, because it's fun.
  • They actually have some scholarships for low-income kids, but they handpick who these children are.
  • Nor did the checkpoint give officers discretion to handpick motorists for seizure, which might create apprehension.

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