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cull the herd

1. Literally, to separate or remove (and usually kill) inferior animals out of a herd so as to reduce numbers or remove undesirable traits from the group as a whole. We had to quickly cull the herd when it came to light that some cows might be carrying an infectious disease.
2. By extension, to separate or remove people from a larger group. With so many people applying for a limited number of jobs, employers have had to cull the herd by introducing much stricter criteria and a more elaborate application for hiring. Universities have long used standardized test results as a means of culling the herd of applicants they receive each year.
See also: cull, herd

cull (someone or something) out of (something)

To remove someone or something from a group. We were so determined to win the science bowl that we culled everyone who seemed susceptible to stage fright out of the team.
See also: cull, of, out

cull someone or something out of something

 and cull someone or something out
to eliminate someone or something from a group. We will cull the older pigeons out from the flock. They culled out the slower runners from the team.
See also: cull, of, out


n. a socially unacceptable person. This place is so filled with culls! Let’s split.
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In the control area, where no culling occurred, only 34 percent met the definition of a cull buck.
A total of 26 teams have been deployed by the authorities for the culling operations in the town.
The Independent Scientific Group on cattle TB found culling caused badgers to move more widely, increasing the spread of infection.
A second new analysis suggests how killing badgers can boost TB around a culling area.
Culling, Paton says, can swiftly manage the koala population and give the trees, the endemic species, and the entire ecosystem a chance to recover.
The South Australian government on Wednesday ruled out culling up to 20,000 koalas on Kangaroo Island, despite calls by ecologists and environmental groups to do so.
After two soldiers involved in culling became ill with Nipah encephalitis, we conducted a cross-sectional survey of military personnel participating in culling activities in the outbreak-affected states of Malaysia (Negeri Sembilan and Selangor) to assess the prevalence of Nipah infection.
The Government has been culling badgers since 1975.
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CULLING badgers to tackle tuberculosis in cattle has cost the taxpayer PS16.
The veteran rocker said culling so far had been "a disaster" costing taxpayers PS5,000 for each animal shot.
Ministers and farmers insist culling is necessary to address tuberculosis in livestock, which can catch the disease from badgers, with more than 26,000 cattle slaughtered in England last year and multimillion-pound losses.
Acting Environment Minister Leon Bignell said shark culling will only lead to the destruction of other marine life.
THE RSPCA has been banned from running a controversial advert on badger culling after a complaint from Welsh farmers and Wales' Shadow Rural Affairs Minister Antoinette Sandbach AM.
Should the cull be extended in future, Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will not allow culling on its land.