Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To gather or pick by hand.
  • transitive v. To select personally.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To pick or harvest by hand.
  • v. To select carefully and with individual attention.

Etymologies

From hand + pick. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yeah, the "flaw" was not letting outsiders like Pawlenty and Palin handpick the person they wanted versus letting the local GOP members vote on who best represents them and their views and will do the best job

    Pawlenty: Not taking sides in most GOP primaries

  • The 31-page complaint, filed in state court in Manhattan, alleges that eAppraiseIT LLC, a unit of Santa Ana, Calif. -based First American, allowed Washington Mutual loan originators to "handpick" appraisers who brought in high valuations and permitted bank employees to pressure them to increase estimates that came in too low.

    New York Sues First American Unit

  • The Cuomo suit alleges that eAppraiseIT, the First American unit, allowed WaMu loan officers to "handpick" appraisers who submitted high valuations.

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  • It was unlawful for the Treasury department to cause first-position debt holders to take less than what they were obligated to receive during Chrysler's restructuring, and to handpick creditors to enable the deal with Fiat to go through, all paid for with the lost pensions of people in Indiana.

    Obama leaning towards support for TARP funds to pay for jobs bill

  • Customers would be able to handpick the colors of their cars and design the interiors while sipping espressos.

    Fiat Marketer for North America Departs

  • They are allowed to handpick a lone rock thrower to do the deed.

    Non-explosive entertainment can be just as enjoyable

  • Well, if you feel like living the dream and leaving the pressures and problems of real life behind for sandier shores, here's some inspiration from our little sister, Beach Tomato, as they handpick the best beaches for living the dream.

    Black Tomato: Our Favorite Beaches for Living the Dream

  • The team that is short does not get to handpick players from the pool, but rather players are assigned by a board member who serves as the pool coordinator.

    Parents Behaving Badly

  • Are you a speculative person and did you handpick others who are like-minded?

    Current Movie Reviews, Independent Movies - Film Threat

  • Others bypass pay TV entirely, allowing viewers to handpick shows from online catalogues, such as iTunes or Netflix that instantly stream programming over the Internet.

    Smart TV: Still The Tech World's Afghanistan?

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