Word forms: 3rd person singular present
, present participle hand-picking
, past tense , past participle hand-picked
If someone is hand-picked, they are very carefully chosen by someone in authority for a particular purpose
or a particular job.
He was hand-picked for this job by the Admiral.
Sokagakkai was able to hand-pick his successor.
...his hand-picked successor.
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