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Friday, August 22, 2014

Definitions for cherry-pick

  1. Informal. to select with great care: You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.
  2. Informal. (in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.

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Citations for cherry-pick
It’s easy to cherry-pick silly or ill-considered or factually flawed things he’s said. Hendrick Hertzberg, "Foul Tip," The New Yorker, Jan. 16, 2009
It is only on a second reading that one can see how delicately Sethe cherry-picks what can be told to Denver as the epic triumph of Denver's birth… A.S. Byatt, Toni Morrison, "Introduction," Beloved, 2006
Origin of cherry-pick
Cherry-pick entered English in the 1960s possibly as an extension of the slang term cherry-picker, defined by Railroad Magazine in 1940 as a "switchman, so called because of red lights on switch stands. Also any railroad man who is always figuring on the best jobs and sidestepping undesirable ones."
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