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cull the herd

1. Literally, to separate or remove (and usually kill) inferior animals out of a herd so as to reduce numbers or remove undesirable traits from the group as a whole. We had to quickly cull the herd when it came to light that some cows might be carrying an infectious disease.
2. By extension, to separate or remove people from a larger group. With so many people applying for a limited number of jobs, employers have had to cull the herd by introducing much stricter criteria and a more elaborate application for hiring. Universities have long used standardized test results as a means of culling the herd of applicants they receive each year.
See also: cull, herd

cull (someone or something) out of (something)

To remove someone or something from a group. We were so determined to win the science bowl that we culled everyone who seemed susceptible to stage fright out of the team.
See also: cull, of, out

cull someone or something out of something

 and cull someone or something out
to eliminate someone or something from a group. We will cull the older pigeons out from the flock. They culled out the slower runners from the team.
See also: cull, of, out


n. a socially unacceptable person. This place is so filled with culls! Let’s split.
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The BVA said it still supported badger culling as part of a comprehensive strategy to tackle tuberculosis in cattle, which can pick up the disease from the wild animals, and the roll-out of culling to new areas, but said the culls should only use cage trapping and shooting.
The continuation of the shark cull will allow Western (http://au.
It said: "We therefore considered that consumers were likely to interpret the claim, along with the text 'The UK government wants to shoot England's badgers', to mean that all badgers would be eradicated in the cull areas.
Should the cull be extended in future, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will not allow culling on its land.
Additional areas will not be considered until the cull in the test zone has been reviewed.
Nuneaton - tries: Reed (3); conversions Cull (2); penalties: Cull (2).
The Spanish have been putting pressure on European countries to cull the Ruddy and Britain has agreed.
GREEN campaigners have joined forces with conservationists over fears that an Ulster airport is planning a major cull of DUCKS.
Jay Tiernan, of Stop The Cull, yesterday announced: "The Gloucestershire badger cull could collapse in the next couple of days due to a wealthy benefactor offering PS5,000 to any farmer currently signed up to the cull who will choose vaccination not culling.
The culls were designed to run for four years and anecdotal evidence from both cull areas suggests they are already helping to reduce bTB incidence in cattle and farms are starting to go clear of the disease.
In a complaint to the convention's secretariat, they said the badger cull could have a negative impact on a range of species such as song birds and small mammals affected by the removal of badgers from their ecosystem.
Western Australia's shark cull will continue to be enforced, following the failure of the legal challenge filed by marine activist organisation Sea Shepherd.
North Wales AM Ms Sandbach said: "I am extremely pleased that the Advertising Standards Authority has upheld my complaint that the adverts implied all badgers in the cull areas in England would be killed.
A MAN, reported to be an anti-badger cull protester, has been arrested at a site belonging to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).