separate the wheat from the chaff


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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.
See also: chaff, separate, wheat

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
See also: chaff, separate, wheat
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The problem for astute investors is to separate the wheat from the chaff.
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There's new options and opportunities coming at you in waves, so separate the wheat from the chaff.
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THE World Cup is finally getting down to the nitty gritty as they separate the wheat from the chaff.
Form study and racehorse handicapping is all about trying to separate the wheat from the chaff, and the race in which Phar Out Phavorite finished third on his Newbury chasing debut certainly fits into the former category.
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.
Murphy, who enjoys a rather curious relationship with the media, is apparently unhappy with the tone and "inaccuracy" of recent commentary and sought to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Since the tango renaissance took off a few years ago, the number of touring tango companies has multiplied quickly, making it harder to separate the wheat from the chaff.
They represent new partnership and go-to-market opportunities for solution providers looking to separate the wheat from the chaff in an IT market that is becoming increasingly more crowded and noisy.
A-Levels (and GCSEs) have been dumbed down to suit a no failure agenda as part of a wider social engineering programme which has signally failed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
As much novelty clothing for women as there is out there, many people find it difficult to separate the wheat from the chaff.
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