cherry-pick

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cherry-pick

1. To choose something very carefully to ensure that the best option is chosen, perhaps through means that provide one an unfair advantage or from a selection that others do not have ready access to. I can't believe he left the company and then cherry-picked the best employee in my department! Yes, you will get to cherry-pick all the equipment that goes into your studio.
2. slang In sports such as basketball and soccer (football), to position oneself away from the current play on one's opponent's defensive end for an opportunity to receive the ball and score an easy basket or goal. We might not have gotten scored on if you had actually been playing defense instead of cherry-picking!

cherry-pick something

Fig. to choose something very carefully. (As if one were closely examining cherries on the tree, looking for the best.) We have to cherry-pick the lumber we want to use for the cabinetry. Nothing but the best will do.
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The study aims to explain the effect of a consumers' knowledge, with specific reference to product price knowledge, has on a consumers' propensity to cherry pick.
Other factors that influence a consumer to cherry pick are store location, and store preference and consumer expertise/ knowledge.
A consumers understanding and intellect of the retail industry has a big influence on their propensity to cherry pick.
The main objective of this study was to investigate the effect price knowledge and gender has on a consumers' propensity to cherry pick.