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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 increase in soil pH induced by the biochars followed the order: mungbean straw > peanut straw > faba bean straw > corn straw and rice chaff>wheat straw for the Ultisol; and mungbean straw> peanut straw > faba bean straw > corn straw > rice chaff and wheat straw for the Oxisol.
These elements represent chaff resulting from de-husking (Willcox & Fornite 1999).
Also most indirect effects by fertile tillers on chaff Weight were applied.
Like all incoming cadets, she must report in the summer prior to her first academic year in order to go through Beast, the grueling training designed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
But we certainly can select, interpret, and analyze the "news they need" from the mountains of chaff out there.
Now the hilarious audition days of people dressed as bananas and Britney Spears impersonations are long gone we'reinto the realms of sorting out the wheat from the chaff.
From my vantage point, she was effective on both sides of the table because she brought an open mind and an appreciation of each side's legitimate objectives, as well as an ability to separate the wheat from the chaff, to every situation.
Equipment up for sale includes grain equipment, a selection of trailers, an auto levelling chopper and chaff spreader and a harvester.
She admits that watching Robertson every day can get tedious, but occasionally among the chaff is a kernel of wheat so pure that it could bring tears to a baker's eye.
Curated by New York gallerist Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn, "Casino 2001" included works by sixty artists, and the imbalance between chaff and wheat was extreme.
The male figure on the left is separating the seed from the chaff.
An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.
A cabinet spokesman said that the tax would separate the wheat from the chaff in terms of the level of participation of manufacturers and retailers in the recycling effort.
Johnson has been chief of the Rehabilitation Service and chaff and professor of Neurology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore since 1981.