[ cher-ee-pik ]

verb (used with object)
  1. to select with great care: Out of the scores of zombie movies, this reviewer has cherry-picked some of the best ones for fans.

  2. to select (data, examples, etc.) strategically so as to support a particular view or conclusion: The company systematically cherry-picked data to ensure their products passed quality control tests.

verb (used without object)
  1. (in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.

Origin of cherry-pick

First recorded in 1970–75

Words Nearby cherry-pick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cherry-pick in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cherry-pick


  1. (tr) to choose or take the best or most profitable of (a number of things), esp for one's own benefit or gain: cherry-pick the best routes

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