Perhaps ironically, many hunters claimed to be “culling” the herd, thereby saving it from over-population or starvation.
In any case, culling a manageable array from the totality of splendid volumes has with each year become more difficult.
Across the Midwest, corn and soybeans are burning up in the field, and ranchers are culling their herds.
He broke the record for GOP one-day fundraising online, culling $4.2 million on November 5, 2007.
Swiss Bank UBS is in the midst of culling more than 10,000 employees around the world, including a significant number in the U.S.
He mentally examined what had happened, culling his thoughts until one cold fact remained.
"I am culling a souvenir, madame," said he, plucking a moss-ross as the lady passed.
Then culling crossed the room, and sat on the arm of the Seraph's chair.
So disposal by sale is a logical and profitable way of culling.
An inquirer, while culling herbs, has had his thumb nipped by a scorpion.
c.1200, originally "put through a strainer," from Old French coillir (12c., Modern French cueillir) "collect, gather, pluck, select," from Latin colligere "gather together, collect," originally "choose, select" (see collect). Related: Culled; culling. As a noun, from 1610s.
"dupe, saphead," rogues' slang from late 16c., perhaps a shortening of cullion "base fellow," originally "testicle" (from French couillon, from Old French coillon "testicle; worthless fellow, dolt," from Latin coleus, literally "strainer bag;" see cojones), though another theory traces it to Romany (Gypsy) chulai "man." Also sometimes cully, though some authorities assert cully was the canting term for "dupe" and cull was generic "man, fellow," without implication of gullibility. Cf. also gullible.