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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!
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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.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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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. It also aims to establish whether there is a relationship between price knowledge, consumer knowledge and gender.
"It would therefore be wrong if SAIC, aided and abetted by the Chinese Government, was able to cherry pick the remains of MG Rover Group and effectively get what they want and at the same time stick two fingers up at the thousands of workers who are now concerned about their own and their family's future."
On large lists you may have perhaps enough names that you can cherry pick just the areas you want and still reach the rental minimum.
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He added: "Once you start to cherry pick and take out one element of the recommendations, I certainly think it weakens the overall impact of what we're trying to achieve...
Bank of China Ltd (3988.HK) has said that it would cherry pick customers as it expands into the UK.
The problem, as always, is politicians who ask for more and more information which they can then cherry pick to suit their needs.
It is difficult to operate rental housing in this regulated environment, Margulies observed, warning, "Don't bottom fish -- you cherry pick -- otherwise it's too dangerous."
Some Royal Mail workers are furious that firms such as TNT and UK Mail can "cherry pick" lucrative contracts with big firms to collect and sort their post in bulk.
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Academies cannot cherry pick pupils: they are local schools for local people and they must abide by national regulations.
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Gordon Brown coveted the job of PM to a point of nausea; and he must realise that he cannot cherry pick the places where he will get the best headlines; you take the good with the bad as in any walk of life.