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[cher-ee-pik] /ˈtʃɛr iˌpɪk/ Informal.
verb (used with object)
to select with great care:
You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.
verb (used without object)
(in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.
Origin of cherry-pick
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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(transitive) to choose or take the best or most profitable of (a number of things), esp for one's own benefit or gain: cherry-pick the best routes
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Contemporary definitions for cherry-pick

to choose the best items from a selection for oneself, often in an unfair manner

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Word Origin and History for cherry-pick

"to select the very best selfishly," 1959 (implied in cherry-picking), American English ("Billboard"), a pejorative figurative sense,from cherry (n.) + pick (v.). Related: Cherry-picked.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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To select the best and most profitable elements; pick and choose: When a bank fails, a healthy competitor often buys it and cherry-picks the safest and most profitable loans/ Small insurance companies survive by cherry-picking their clients (1990s+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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