or cherry-picker, cher·ry·pick·er
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What does cherry-picker mean?
A cherry picker is a kind of crane with a bucket or platform that can hold a person, especially one mounted on a truck (often called a bucket truck). Cherry pickers can be used to lift someone up to heights that can’t be reached by most ladders, such as to trim trees or fix power lines.
In sports like basketball and soccer (football), cherry picker means something different. It’s an informal term used to refer to a player who positions themself away from the main action and most defenders, near the basket or goal, in hopes of being passed the ball and being able to score easily. To do this is to cherry-pick.
The verb cherry-pick has several other meanings. Most commonly, it means to choose very carefully. It especially means to select the best of what’s available or being offered. The word sometimes implies that doing so is solely for one’s benefit or gain, or to gain an advantage over others.
In the context of research and data, cherry-pick is used in a more specific way meaning to selectively choose and present information that supports an existing point of view or hypothesis. This kind of cherry-picking is often unethical.
The term cherry picker can refer to anyone who cherry-picks in any of the senses of the word.
Cherry picker is sometimes spelled with a hyphen, as cherry-picker, or as one one, cherrypicker.
Example: They have a guy up in a cherry picker trimming branches.
Where does cherry picker come from?
The first records of cherry picker in a nonliteral sense come from around the middle of the 1900s.
Someone literally picking cherries would only select the best ones, and a person who’s a cherry picker in the common figurative sense of the word is trying to do the same thing: select the best stuff from what’s available. In the context of sports, research, and data, being a cherry picker is often seen as unfair, unethical, or as downright cheating.
When it refers to a kind of crane, a cherry picker can also be called a boom. If it’s attached to a truck and has a bucket at the end of the arm, the truck is often called a bucket truck.
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- cherry-picker (alternate spelling)
- cherrypicker (alternate spelling)
- cherry-pick (verb)
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How is cherry picker used in real life?
Cherry picker is also commonly spelled cherry-picker and cherrypicker. In the context of sports, cherry picker is informal and is often used in a mildly negative way.
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No more allowing people to justify their bigotry by spouting a cherry-picked Bible verse.Dear Leelah, We Will Fight On For You: A Letter to a Dead Trans Teen|Parker Molloy|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Brazen cherry-picking of the information in this story inspired a flood of “Bush Was Right All Along!”
It was a massive hit, and the safety-pin dress a brilliant cartoonish cherry on top of it.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress|Tim Teeman|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In time they moved into a big house near New York, which they called Cherry Orchard.Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine|Tom Arnold-Forster|November 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Horace was athletic and clever, known, probably apocryphally, as the fastest cotton picker in Clay County.
Cherry-tree stems, under the name of agriots, constitute a specialty of Austrian manufacture.
Others again will be found of a fine red, having something of a most lovely light cherry tint.Violins and Violin Makers|Joseph Pearce
There was then a great deal of old timber about the place and a long avenue of oaks, besides three large cherry orchards.Birds of Guernsey (1879)|Cecil Smith
It was all cherry satin and white lace, the furniture lilliputian, to match the proportions of the room and the lady.Ancestors|Gertrude Atherton
I want Mis' Calvert to taste it, an' when she does she'll say she never knew before what cherry pie could be!Dorothy at Skyrie|Evelyn Raymond