Idiom – Cherry-pick

English 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.


  • “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


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