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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 minister is cherry-picking data which shows Cardiff Met in a bad light and ignoring the overwhelming and consistent evidence showing the institution to be the top ranked post-1992 university in Wales.
The principle of the trial consisted of applying the cherry-picking technique in conjunction with an increased arrival rate of 46 flights per hour.
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European Parliament President Josep Borrell said this was a clear case of "cherry-picking".
It follows suggestions the school has been "cherry-picking" more able children from middle-class families to boost academic results.
To make matters worse, prosecutors charged that while out on ball and facing securities violations in 2000, Bond masterminded a "cherry-picking" scheme to pay for his high-priced legal team.
David Mills, chief executive of the Post Office, said: 'Many consumers are not aware of the cherry-picking undertaken by insurance companies to provide the cheapest rates possible.
In short, Conniff's statistical cherry-picking has given us a spin that Karl Rove might envy.
It also announced its strong opposition to what it calls the 'cherry-picking' of routes by coach operators as part of the privatisation of the company proposed by Minister for Transport Seamus Brennan to increase competition.
Medical Society of New Jersey predicts 3,000 physicians in state will lose coverage due to insurers cherry-picking profitable business.
Notice that this process is the opposite of the "cherry-picking" approach to purchasing, in which facilities choose from multiple competing vendors simply to acquire products; purchasing in this way does not allow the facility to take advantage of opportunities to decrease "costs to serve."
More than 80,000 patients are struck off each year in a blanket of secrecy by doctors accused of cherry-picking their patients.
Community rating supporters assert that many health insurance companies use methods such as "redlining" or "cherry-picking" in order to insure primarily healthy, low utilizing subscribers while avoiding covering those individuals or groups who are more likely to require health care resources.
Cherry-picking at attractive valuations, however, helped it close in on the 43,000 mark by 1:00pm.