Idiom – Cherry-pick

  • Idiom – Cherry-pick or cherry pick.
  • Meaning – To selectively choose only the best or most suitable from a number of options. To choose things that support your position, while ignoring things that contradict it. To only select things that are beneficial.
  • The expression cherry-pick is often used to signify that somebody is choosing something just to gain some kind of advantage or prove a particular point.
  • This expression is a metaphor and comes from the idea of picking through a bowl of cherries to select the best ones for yourself.
Example:
  • “I don’t trust that newspaper because they just cherry-pick stories to support their opinions.”
In The News:

EU Brexit negotiator Guy Verhofstadt says Theresa May can’t ‘cherry pick’ benefits of the European Union

Discuss:
  • Is there an idiom like this in your country?
What is an idiom?

An idiom is a word or phrase that is not taken literally.  An idiom is an expression that cannot be understood from the meanings of its individual words, but has a separate meaning of its own.

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