Definition of hand-pick in English:



  • Select carefully with a particular purpose in mind.

    ‘a small hand-picked group of MPs’
    • ‘An ensemble hand-picked by lead singer and songwriter, Davo, the members were chosen based on their work ethic.’
    • ‘He was recently hand-picked to co-ordinate the national response by Metropolitan police commissioner Sir John Stevens.’
    • ‘And it's not an auspicious debut for Cohn, who was hand-picked by old pal editor John Carroll.’
    • ‘It's as if someone hand-picked the most popular crowd from each school in town because confidence radiates from the kids in the room.’
    • ‘Show host Mary Alice Haney hand-picked Childs last week from possible candidates working at the zoo.’
    • ‘She was hand-picked by Crawford for one of the toughest jobs in the network.’
    • ‘He was hand-picked for the job by transport secretary Stephen Byers.’
    • ‘Just as Jesus hand-picked Simon and Jude for a specific purpose, so has he hand-picked us.’
    • ‘The members of the court are hand-picked by Chief Justice William Rehnquist.’
    • ‘John Negroponte, until recently Ambassador to UN in New York, has been hand-picked for the job.’
    • ‘Did it all hinge on the creation of an all-powerful executive council, hand-picked by Fontaine to circumvent the chiefs?’
    • ‘Each plant was hand-picked, with careful thought given to texture, shape and the colour of the foliage.’
    • ‘I have no doubts that Ryan was hand-picked to go into the compound and will win just because he used to play professional football.’
    • ‘The budding actors were hand-picked from hundreds of young hopefuls who auditioned for the parts at Kendal Town Hall earlier this year.’
    • ‘Ironically it was Shier's own new hand-picked team of executives, imported at great expense, who voted him out!’
    • ‘She will spend a week relaxing in the Californian sunshine with a select team of stylists hand-picked from across the globe.’
    • ‘Aurene Martin has been serving as acting assistant secretary, hand-picked by Norton.’
    • ‘The selectors have hand-picked those who have the right mentality, such as Damien Martyn and Simon Katich, ahead of the natural blasters.’
    • ‘The company boasts of a workforce of over 200 hand-picked translators and a number of senior marketing staff with over eight years in the industry.’
    • ‘A Clapham director who trained at Richmond's Orange Tree Theatre has been hand-picked to direct a play at London's Old Vic theatre.’
    specially chosen, specially selected, invited, screened, vetted
    choice, elite, select
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