pick of the litter


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pick of the litter

The best or most ideal option in a group. (A "litter" is a group of newborn mammals, especially puppies or kittens.) Matt is the pick of the litter, so we need to make sure he ends up on our team. I know you think that puppy is too small, but to me he's just the pick of the litter!
See also: litter, of, pick

pick of the litter

The best of a group, as in He was first in the ticket line so he had the pick of the litter. This term, alluding to the most desirable one from a litter of puppies or kittens, supplanted such earlier variants as pick of the market, pick of the parish, and pick of the basket. [Early 1900s]
See also: litter, of, pick
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Godolphin saddle three runners in the one-mile Listed heat in Yorkshire, but this promising colt looks the pick of the litter.
The lucky ones will be chosen as the pick of the litter to become serving dogs with West Midlands Police.
When winning his semi of that event, Cooleen Elton was only two spots wide of the track record, so was the pick of the litter, but sub-29 seconds Tralee scorer Bouncy Babe figured prominently in the pecking order.
I looked around at all the single women at that dance,'' said Andy, ``and I just knew that Helen was the pick of the litter.
Harvard undergraduates will always do well because Harvard takes only the pick of the litter.
We let her have pick of the litter, and she went right for Colt.
At Pick of the Litter, a consignment shop and gallery opened this spring by the Willamette Animal Guild, you have to expect the eclectic.
These innovative methods are becoming the pick of the litter for employers due to the current skilled trades shortage.
The owner of the bitch paid $700 in stud fee and got pick of the litter.
Urban districts go begging for teachers, while suburban districts, with higher salaries and fewer problems, have the pick of the litter.
When there are 10 buyers and three puppies, every dog is the pick of the litter.
And, having recently enjoyed a transfer to Off-Broadway's American Place Theatre, this Runt just might grow up to be the pick of the litter.
Pet fanciers have always tried to get the pick of the litter, but in a larger sense dogs - along with cats, goats, sheep, horses, and cows - have been almost as aggressive in choosing people as companions.
As an industry analyst, I've seen what's good, bad and ugly about the retail market and I know that in joining i2 I've got the pick of the litter among retail software companies," said Greg Girard, vice president, industry marketing, i2.