Cherry-picking



[cher-ee-pik] /ˈtʃɛr iˌpɪk/ Informal.

verb (used with object)
1.
to select with great care:
You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.
verb (used without object)
2.
(in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.
verb
1.
(transitive) to choose or take the best or most profitable of (a number of things), esp for one’s own benefit or gain: cherry-pick the best routes
verb

to choose the best items from a selection for oneself, often in an unfair manner
Usage Note

derogatory
v.

“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.

noun

The selection of only what is most helpful to one’s case: The Justice Department report on the Waco raid was cherry-picking (1990s+)

verb

To select the best and most profitable elements; pick and choose: When a bank fails, a healthy competitor often buys it and cherry-picks the safest and most profitable loans/ Small insurance companies survive by cherry-picking their clients (1990s+)

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