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verb (used with object)
  1. to select with great care: You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.
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verb (used without object)
  1. (in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.
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Origin of cherry-pick

First recorded in 1970–75
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Historical Examples of cherry-picking

  • I found it impossible, however, to stay away from the cherry-picking.

  • It was cherry-picking time and he was out among his trees superintending a large force of workmen.

British Dictionary definitions for cherry-picking


  1. (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



"to select the very best selfishly," 1959 (implied in cherry-picking), American English ("Billboard"), a pejorative figurative sense,from cherry (n.) + pick (v.). Related: Cherry-picked.

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