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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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has addressed the chaffing and dry nose issue that has been documented by caregivers during oxygen and CPAP therapies.
Wrinkle-free with a digitized camouflage pattern of greens and light browns, the uniform features angled breast pockets, a collar that folds up to prevent chaffing from body armor, Velcro and zippers instead of buttons, and pockets on the upper sleeves and toward the bottom of the legs.
But the Runcorn-based explorers will complete the voyage naked in a bid to avoid chaffing, a known hazard of long-distance rowing.
He describes the technique, called chaffing and winnowing, in an article posted on the World Wide Web at http://theory.
The air pressure from a C-PAP machine is strong enough to cause migration of small amounts of petroleum ointment, often used to mitigate chaffing from the mask, into the lungs.
While inspecting the wiring, he noticed a portion of the wires were chaffing against the Transformer-Rectifier power connection lugs in an area not easily seen without the use of a mirror and flashlight.
The Basis Top features a deep front zipper to allow ventilation during high exertion, flat locked seams to eliminate chaffing and a mesh-lined zippered back pocket for storing trail fuel or to be left open for extra ventilation.
Their unique breathable inner fabric membrane wicks away perspiration from the skin, keeping hands and feet dry from the inside and out, while their stretch-to-fit, seamless design helps prevent blisters and chaffing even after the most rigorous activities.