eat the meat and spit out the bones

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eat the meat and spit out the bones

To separate good or valuable information from that which is unsound or invalid. With so many manuscripts arriving daily, it's a challenge to eat the meat and spit out the bones. In the beginning, you'll probably need some guidance in discerning the truly exceptional manuscripts. Don't get hung up on outdated terminology in your studies—just eat the meat and spit out the bones.
See also: and, bone, eat, meat, out, spit
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