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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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Councillors fear city schools could be "cherry-picked" by national academy chains if controversial Government plans go ahead.
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Does he agree with the whole article or just the points that he cherry-picked to deflate the argument that I didn't make?
As for the rest of us, don't be fooled by cherry-picked data.
Hand-picking is replaced with pre-sorted, cherry-picked tubes delivered within 60 sec.
* Around 75 school leavers will be cherry-picked from across the UK to begin a six-year programme starting from September.
"In addition, vitamins can be valuable for a host of other reasons, including some of the areas discussed in this article, such as filling nutrient gaps, helping prevent neural tube birth defects, supporting heart health and more." He went on to say that the article cherry-picked through scientific literature to come to its conclusions.
This is a major brand that is a part of our identity, a very successful brand, cherry-picked and taken to a different part of the UK.
The government could have guaranteed investors cash and then waited for the administrators to put the banks' assets for sale and cherry-picked the best bits.
When they ranked global warming dead last on their list of cost-effective spending priorities, critics alleged that he had cherry-picked sympathetic thinkers.
Pruett, author of the book Fatherneed: Why Father Care is as Essential as Mother Care for Your Child, wrote to Time, asserting that Dobson had "cherry-picked" quotes and used them out of context.
Icelandic retail group Baugur is believed to have cherry-picked a number of stores that could be merged with its Deeside-based Iceland chain of supermarkets.
"A senior analyst believes that production of objective intelligence at CIA will soon be as dead as the dodo, to be replaced by a cherry-picked product like that used by the administration to support its incursion into Iraq." Needless to say, any value the CIA had in identifying actual terrorist threats to our nation will suffer.
I feel like I had been used as a convenience for the managers, who leisurely perused and cherry-picked my replacement while keeping me in the dark about their plans.