separate wheat from chaff

Sort the valuable from the worthless, as in I hope we'll get a preview of the auction so we can separate the wheat from the chaff. This idiom alludes to the ancient practice of winnowing grain.


Nearby words

  1. separate,
  2. separate but equal,
  3. separate school,
  4. separate the men from the boys,
  5. separate the sheep from the goats,
  6. separated,
  7. separately,
  8. separates,
  9. separating funnel,
  10. separation

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