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What Does "Cherry-pick" Mean?

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"Cherry-pick" is an English idiom. It means "to select the best or most desirable items from a list or group, often unfairly or to confirm a bias."

Examples in Sentences

Here are three examples of the idiom "cherry-pick" used in a sentence:
  • He cherry-picked the data to support his argument.
  • You can't cherry-pick which rules you want to follow.
  • Critics say that the report cherry-picks positive results and ignores the negative ones.
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What Is an Idiom?

An idiom is a commonly used expression whose meaning does not relate to the literal meaning of its words. In other words, if you were to translate "Cherry-pick" word for word, there is no guarantee the translation would help you to understand the meaning.

An idiom often includes a cultural or historical context that makes it difficult for non-native English speakers to understand. A phrase is classified as an idiom when a direct translation of the words does not reveal the meaning. Most idioms rely on shared knowledge or experiences known only to a specific community.

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