cherry-pick ˈcherry-pick verb [transitive] informal
to take or buy only the best things from a group:

• Some banks have cherry-picked their investments to provide instant profits.

— cherry-picking noun [uncountable] :

• He called their actions “financial cherry-picking”.

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cherry-pick UK US verb [I or T]
to choose only the best or most suitable from a group of people or things: »

They cherry-picked the most promising potential customers and concentrated their efforts on them.


Policymakers will cherry-pick ideas from the study, and commit to implementing only the easiest and cheapest ones.

cherry-picking noun [U]

He was accused by his colleagues of cherry-picking when he selected all the best students for his own course.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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