- to select with great care: You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.
- (in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.
Origin of cherry-pick
First recorded in 1970–75
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Examples from the Web for cherry-pick
If you cherry-pick science so that it resonates with your belief system, you are not understanding how science works.
You cannot cherry-pick facts that are favorable to your argument and ignore the rest.Why the Right Couldn't See the Truth
November 9, 2012
It is possible to cherry-pick evidence to support any conclusion.Errol Morris’s “A Wilderness of Error” Revisits Jeffrey MacDonald Case
August 30, 2012
Like hundreds of its multinational brethren, Apple also is able to cherry-pick its costs.Latest Record Results Show Apple a Bigger Global Power Than Most Nations
April 25, 2012
And Masterpiece continues to "cherry-pick the best of what's on offer in the U.K."Masterpiece, Icon of PBS, Turns 40
January 9, 2011
- (tr) to choose or take the best or most profitable of (a number of things), esp for one's own benefit or gaincherry-pick the best routes
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Word Origin and History for cherry-pick
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