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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'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.
ROYAL Mail has warned of a threat to the universal postal service because rivals can "cherry-pick" easy-to-serve urban areas.
To bully councils and governors into turning their schools into academies so that the private sector can cherry-pick the best bits.
But why does he then cherry-pick data to suit his additional but misguided views?
With regards to the BBC probably cutting back on horseracing coverage, if they're not prepared to support the 'lesser' meetings I don't see why they should be allowed to cherry-pick the top ones.
No problem--the TV staff will throw open their closet doors so you can cherry-pick from a huge selection of silks and satins.
It added it would not 'cherry-pick' customers and would give a quote to 99 per cent of motorists who applied.
It added it would not "cherry-pick" customers and would give a quote to 99% of motorists who applied.
Through a deal with MTV, UPN will be able to cherry-pick top episodes out of the approximately 60 segs of "Deathmatch" that have been produced.
Said CCRL's Michael Markwick, a Vancouver lawyer: "The moment you grant the state the power to cherry-pick among religious beliefs, in the name of `Canadian values,' you cut at the roots of the tolerance and diversity we have come to cherish as a people."
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WARNING Merkel says the UK can't cherry-pick its obligations and privileges
Cllr Nick Small, the council's cabinet member for education and assistant mayor, said: "We're worried that schools could be forced down an academy route, that academy chains from outside of the city who know nothing about Liverpool could come in and cherry-pick schools.
Now it is coming to light that peers with interests in private healthcare are voting on reforms to rip the NHS apart so their chums can step in and cherry-pick the more profitable parts of the health service.