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separate the wheat from the chaff

Prov. to separate what is useful or valuable from what is worthless. When it comes to books, time will separate the wheat from the chaff. Good books will have lasting appeal, and the rest will be forgotten. The managers hoped that the new procedure for evaluating employees would separate the wheat from the chaff.
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separate the wheat from the chaff

to choose what is of high quality over what is of lower quality As we learn more about computer programs for the classroom, we are able to separate the wheat from the chaff and get the right software for our kids.
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separate the wheat from the chaff

to choose the things or people that are of high quality from a group of mixed quality A preliminary look through the applications will help you to separate the wheat from the chaff.
See separate out the men from the boys, separate the sheep from the goats
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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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The crumb of whole wheat bread made with red bran was distinct from other bread types.
Hard red spring wheat is planted during the spring of the year and harvested in the late summer in areas where the winter is too severe to permit the production of winter wheat.
Ms Jackson said: "This year, for the first time, delegates selected their blend of wheat using the export brands.
Taba heads maize genetic resources at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, which is known worldwide by its acronym in Spanish, CIMMYT.
He and other University of Florida researchers produced the world's first genetically engineered wheat in 1992.
eastern soft wheat more than they like hard wheat or soft wheats from other countries.
Today, he is a consultant to the International Maize and Wheat Center in Mexico and president of the Sasakawa Africa Association, a private Japanese foundation working to spread the Green Revolution to sub-Saharan Africa.
The change is symbolized by Wheat First Butcher Singer's new logo, a stately dark blue design featuring the tag line "Serving Investors Since 1934.
Ms Jackson said: "The customer will have a system for easily understanding the technical properties of the wheat they are buying.
Wheat breeders, farmers, millers, and bakers have special problems in meeting the challenges associated with delivering our daily bread to our dinner tables.
The same goes for Family Recipe Stone Ground Wheat and Pepperidge Farm Old Fashioned Oatmeal.
Today's red winter wheats trace their origin back to Turkey Red wheat brought by the Mennonites into Kansas in the 1870's.
Names like Just Right, Nutrific, NutriGrain, Fruit Wheats, and Mueslix seem carefully crafted to appeal to health-conscious consumers.
But now you've got everything from flat breads to crisp breads, wheat thins to hearty "hicks.
Nabisco spends $9 million a year advertising Ritz, another $9 million on Wheat Thins, and $5 million each on Better Cheddars and American Classics.