- 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-picking
Stacey accused the Family Research Council of cherry-picking her findings.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: October 12
October 12, 2014
But “450 percent more deaths” sounds scarier, and cherry-picking the worst outcomes is more likely to make headlines.The Home-Birth Rebellion
February 7, 2014
David, I think you are cherry-picking the years of comparison.The Heritage Immigration Study, Ctd.
May 7, 2013
Often their religion is self-taught, cherry-picking slogans from the religious texts or, these days, from videos on the Web.The Terrorist Tipping Point: What Pushed the Tsarnaev Brothers to Violence?
April 23, 2013
Cherry-picking Miranda would be a crippling blow to the rising opposition.Hugo Chávez Wins Reelection and Looks to the Future
October 14, 2012
- (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-picking
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