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under separate cover

old fashioned In a separate correspondence. This letter serves only as a receipt of your application—we shall send you our decision under separate cover after it has been reviewed.
See also: cover, separate

segregate (someone) from (someone else)

 and segregate (something) from (something else)
to separate someone from someone else or something from something else. I was asked to segregate the swimmers from the nonswimmers. Let's segregate the larger fish from the smaller ones.
See also: segregate

separate but equal

segregated but of equal value or quality. (A doctrine once sanctioned by the U.S. Supreme Court regarding racial segregation.) The separate but equal doctrine was abandoned years ago. They were provided with facilities that were said to be separate but equalbut were really of a lower standard.
See also: but, equal, separate

separate off (from something)

to move or head away from something. The road to the cabin separates off from the main road and goes along for a mile or two. It separates off about a mile from here.
See also: off, separate

separate someone from (someone else)

 and separate something from something else
to segregate people or things. The nurse separated the infected people from the healthy ones. Please separate the spoiled apples from the good ones.
See also: separate

separate someone or something into something

to divide people or things into subdivisions. We had to separate the kids into smaller groups. Jane separated the apples into three groups by size.
See also: separate

separate something from something else Go to separate someone from someone

else.
See also: else, separate

separate something off from something

 and separate something off
to remove something from something. Frank separated the cream off from the milk. Separate off the hens from the rooster.
See also: off, separate

separate something out of something

 and separate something out
to remove something out from something. She used a filter to separate the dirt particles out of the water. A filter separated out the impurities.
See also: of, out, separate

separate the men from the boys

 and separate the sheep from the goats
Fig. to separate the competent from those who are less competent. (Not necessarily just about males.) This is the kind of task that separates the men from the boys. Working in a challenging place like this really separates the sheep from the goats.
See also: boy, men, separate

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.
See also: chaff, separate, wheat

separate the men from the boys

to show which people in a group can do something difficult and which people cannot The five-day camping trip next month should separate the men from the boys!
See also: boy, men, separate

go your separate ways

to end your relationship We were good friends in college, but after graduation we went our separate ways. The two firms went their separate ways about 18 months ago.
See also: separate, way

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/sort out the men from the boys

if a difficult situation or activity separates the men from the boys, it shows which people in a group are brave and strong and which are not You have to survive outdoors for three days and three nights. That should separate the men from the boys.
See also: boy, men, out, separate

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

separate the sheep from the goats

  (British, American & Australian) also sort (out) the sheep from the goats (British & Australian)
to choose the people or things of high quality from a group of mixed quality I'll look through the application forms and separate the sheep from the goats.
See also: goat, separate, sheep

separate but equal

Relating to or affected by a policy whereby two groups may be segregated if they are given equal facilities and opportunities. For example, They've divided up the physical education budget so that the girls' teams are separate but equal to the boys . This idiom comes from a Louisiana law of 1890, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Plessy v. Ferguson, "requiring all railway companies carrying passengers on their trains in this state, to provide equal but separate accommodations for the white and colored races." Subsequently it was widely used to separate African-Americans from the white population through a general policy of racial segregation. In 1954, in a unanimous ruling to end school segregation, the Supreme Court finally overturned the law (in Brown v. Board of Education).
See also: but, equal, separate

separate the men from the boys

Distinguish between mature, experienced individuals and novices, as in The picket line will separate the men from the boys in the union. The idiom is used without respect to gender. [c. 1930]
See also: boy, men, separate

separate the sheep from the goats

Distinguish between good and bad individuals, or superior and inferior ones. For example, In a civil war where both sides commit atrocities, you can't separate the sheep from the goats . This term refers to Jesus's prophecy in the New Testament (Matthew 25:32) that the sheep (that is, the compassionate) will sit on God's right hand (and find salvation), and the goats (the hard-hearted) will sit on the left (and be sent to damnation).
See also: goat, separate, sheep

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.
See also: chaff, separate, wheat
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Larger items such as OCC boxes continue to be sorted and separated by people at picking stations along the conveyor belt or by a grapple operator on the tipping floor.
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Rather than spirituality and sexuality being unified to overcome human isolation, we have separated them into independent functions with separate expressions.
University of California, Los Angeles, doctors say it so extremely rare for twins to be born joined at the skull and then be separated that it is nearly impossible to say what is emotionally ``normal'' for them.
Mechanically separated meat is a paste produced by compressing carcasses, much like a used car is crushed into a dense block of metal," he explains.
When this experiment was first conducted by the black psychologist Kenneth Clark in 1940, it showed that black children were more likely to dislike their own color if they lived in places where schools were segregated, or separated, by race.
He reported a case in which an infection may have contributed to the speciation that separated two Nasonia wasps.
Specifically, the FBCS income provision was adopted in 1962 because of congressional concern about the use of a selling subsidiary that has been separated from manufacturing activities of a related corporation merely to obtain a lower rate of tax for the sales income.
Sometimes conjoined twins can be separated after birth.
A small number of companies has traditionally separated the chairman and the CEO positions.
With Steam-Away, multiple pieces of continuously knitted items such as collars, cuffs and trim can be separated automatically.
With an efficient shakeout, the mold is broken up, the castings and sand are separated, and mold lumps are reduced in size.
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