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.
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There is, however, a separate wing of AQAP designed to inspire their followers to conduct attacks against the West.U.S. Spies See Al Qaeda Fingerprints on Paris Massacre|Shane Harris, Nancy A. Youssef|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
My younger, straighter-than-an-arrow son was stopped and arrested in two separate jurisdictions a few years ago.
We separate the search for justice from the search for truth at our peril.
“I never felt that culture and the arts were separate from politics,” he says.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy|Oliver Jones|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“She was hot-headed, had her own way of doing things,” Gill said—and so, he left to form a separate militia group.
Even if poverty were gone, the flail could still beat hard enough upon the grain and chaff of humanity.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Though the amount played for is serious, a good deal of rather bald conversation and chaff goes on.
In 1205 wheat was worth 12 pence per bushel, which was cheap, as there had been some years of famine previous thereto.Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham|Thomas T. Harman and Walter Showell
Wheat gives place to Rye about the same time, and the Potato, at first comparatively rare, becomes universal.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Don't chaff, Shirtings; you're a very good fellow, you know, but I'm not in a laughing humour.