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pick and choose

To select and combine various different options as one desires. Starting next month, customers of the airline will no longer be able to pick and choose the things they pay for on their flights, instead having to select one of three pre-determined price tiers.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

pick and choose

to choose very carefully from a number of possibilities; to be selective. You must take what you are given. You cannot pick and choose. Meg is so beautiful. She can pick and choose from a whole range of boyfriends.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

pick and choose

Select with great care, as in John and Kate loved to go to the pastry shop, especially if they had time to pick and choose . Despite its redundancy ( pick and choose are synonyms), this phrase has survived since the 1400s.
See also: and, choose, pick
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pick and choose

select only the best or most desirable or appropriate from among a number of alternatives.
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ˌpick and ˈchoose

take time and care to choose something you really want: There are so few jobs in banking at the moment that you’re not really in a position to pick and choose.
See also: and, choose, pick
Farlex Partner Idioms Dictionary © Farlex 2017

pick and choose

To select with great care.
See also: and, choose, pick
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

pick and choose, to

To select very fastidiously. This redundancy—to pick and to choose mean exactly the same thing—dates from the seventeenth century. Sir Thomas Herbert (Travels into Africa and Asia, 1665) stated, “He found he had the liberty to pick and choose,” and the term is still current.
See also: and, pick, to
The Dictionary of Clichés by Christine Ammer Copyright © 2013 by Christine Ammer
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