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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A link-up would mean Jose Mourinho could loan out members of his extensive squad while being able to cherry-pick emerging talkent at the Riazor.
The reform not only puts matters of interstate commerce where they rightly belong, but also eliminates ``court shopping,'' under which trial lawyers cherry-pick the jurisdiction where they're most likely to reap the biggest reward.
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The chain aims to win back shoppers who have been going elsewhere to cherry-pick cheap groceries such as tinned food, booze and dairy products.
We plan to cherry-pick the market,'' said Joe Hodas, a spokesman for Frontier.
It is not likely that the city will ever admit that it has a moral and legal obligation to turn over a fair share of what we all paid for, and LAFCO may have a difficult time trying to convince the secessionists that they cannot cherry-pick through the assets and take only what they want, including items that really should be jointly owned and/or operated by all residents of the new and old cities.