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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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Venhuele and Dreze (2006:80) also deduced that cherry picking has no impact on price knowledge, due to their increased task complexity from the average shopper.
The American Marketing Association (2009) defines cherry picking as a buyer selection of only a few items from one's line and others from another line, failing to purchase a complete line or classification of merchandise from one source.
Attention Residents: Cherry picking is a new skill that you must master during your residency to survive in the real world.
The ECHO receives regular calls, letters and emails from readers with stories about outrageous cherry picking fares and rude drivers.
CHERRY picking among hackney cab drivers in Liverpool is getting worse.
In my experience cherry picking is on a far greater scale in Liverpool than any other city in Britain.
After the cherry picking, the group enjoyed a barbecue dinner provided by the Shriners, McDonald's restaurant at the Antelope Valley Mall and Von's Market in Rancho Vista at Leona Valley Community Church.
The idea behind the trip came as Ann Bright, Shriners Hospital director of fiscal and administrative services and a resident of Leona Valley, was discussing cherry picking with her co-workers.
CHERRY PICKING TIME: It's time to head up to the orchards (several opened last weekend) in Leona Valley and pick some cherries.
2--Color) Recent weather should delay the start of cherry picking season by a few weeks, growers say.
An ugly truck contest, arts and crafts fair, a tug of war, horseshoe pitching competition, children's games, and cherry picking will follow the parade.
This cherry picking capability is particularly important in European and in other countries in which multiple languages are spoken.
We had people waiting when we opened at 7,'' said Don Hobart, 65, owner of Hobart's Cherries and Paradise Cherry Picking.
Before heading to Paradise Cherry Picking, Jeanne Jordan, 39, of Newhall and her two sons watched the Leona Valley Cherry Festival parade.
Functions include call searching, selecting alternate routes, cherry picking the best rates, customizing routing to the needs of specific customer groups, look-ahead routing, continuity testing, monitoring a prospective vendor's circuit quality and demonstrating circuits to prospective customers.