So, this is from the musical Sweeney Todd, where Todd sings to Mrs. Lovett in A Little Priest:

Mrs. Lovett, how I lived without you all these years I'll never know. How delectable, also undetectable. How choice, how rare.

I don't quite grasp the meaning behind it.

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    Choice means "high quality", as in "choice cuts of meat". Synonyms are "prime", "excellent", "superior", "first-class". – Seth Jeffery Aug 20 '15 at 20:05
  • Okay, so, choice is an adjective there. And it is part of the how + adjective phrase. It is basically denoting the level of 'choiceness'. Thanks! @SethJeffery – TMuskett Aug 20 '15 at 20:50
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a simple unfamiliarity with an adjectival form. The question would probably have fitted better on English Language Learners, but since OP has his answer, there is no need to migrate it. – TimLymington Aug 20 '15 at 23:21
  • Note that "choice", in this sense, tends to be use sarcastically with considerable frequency. – Hot Licks Aug 21 '15 at 2:08

Being a premium choice or example essentially becomes a metric as to how "choice" that selection is. It feels like slang, but is a legitimate use, often used in describing foodstuffs like the earlier comment pointed out. There is another adjectival usage, but that usage puts a harsh or rude spin on the word, with respect to speech, a la "having some choice words with someone". Even then it could be viewed as selecting the premium words for that kind of verbal abuse.

  • Right, I get it now. I wasn't aware of the adjectival function of choice. It is crystal clear now. Thank you! – TMuskett Aug 20 '15 at 20:53
  • Could you accept this answer? Or maybe Seth Jeffery can submit his comment as an answer and you could accept that one, since he was technically first (and correct). – Dex Stakker Aug 21 '15 at 2:50
  • I tried to do that yesterday, but it seems I'm not very familiar with the website yet. – TMuskett Aug 21 '15 at 12:22

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