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Used to remove or to choose,

remove a letter for a better shot

or used on string

physical I can be yet also cannot

add a letter for a description,

or remove the first one to act

used every day by everyone

and being mean isn't something I lack

What am I?

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I think the answer is

PICK

Used to remove or to choose,

Pick can describe the act of removal ("picking flowers") or a tool used to remove (like a pick axe) and can also mean to choose from a number of alternatives.

remove a letter for a better shot

A pic is an informal word for a photograph (a camera shot).

or used on string

A pick is another word for a guitar plectrum, used on the strings of a guitar.

physical I can be yet also cannot

Some picks are physical (plectrum or axe) and some are not (choice).

add a letter for a description,

Spick is a description meaning clean and tidy

or remove the first one to act

Not totally sure about this, ick is an expression of disgust (possibly used in acting).

used every day by everyone

Everyone makes choices every day.

and being mean isn't something I lack

Not being picked for something can seem a bit mean.

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The solution to this riddle seems to be the word "Cut."

- "Used to remove or to choose, remove a letter for a better shot": When you cut something, you remove part of it. Removing a letter from "cut" gives you "ut," which could be interpreted as a phonetic representation of "you'd," suggesting a better shot or choice.

- "Or used on string": You can physically cut a string.

- "Physical I can be yet also cannot": The act of cutting is physical, but the concept or decision to cut is not.

- "Add a letter for a description, or remove the first one to act": Adding a letter to "cut" could create words like "cute" (a description). Removing the first letter leaves "ut," which is not a word but could imply action.

- "Used every day by everyone": The concept or action of cutting is a common daily occurrence.

- "And being mean isn't something I lack": The word "cut" can also be used in a metaphorical sense to suggest a mean action, like cutting remarks.

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