Definition of cherry-pick in English:



[with object]
  • Choose and take only (the most beneficial or profitable items, opportunities, etc.) from what is available.

    ‘the company should buy the whole airline and not just cherry-pick its best assets’
    • ‘We don't want someone coming in and cherry-picking the profitable routes; what happens to the really fragile lifeline services then?’
    • ‘He added that the government had already allowed private firms to cherry-pick profitable work.’
    • ‘While Scotland will be able to cherry-pick the best aspects of this US experience, there will be a different emphasis because of the strength of the voluntary sector.’
    • ‘To a certain extent, you have the advantage of being able to cherry-pick your business customers.’
    • ‘One smart tactic is to ask for the names of an investment banker's last 10 clients - that way the banker won't be able to cherry-pick the best deals.’
    • ‘It could also bring us one step closer to easily building our own laptops and being able to cherry-pick the best components for a laptop's particular mission.’
    • ‘This would have left open the opportunity for a reader to cherry-pick the information they want.’
    • ‘It allows them to buy another company and then dump the costliest individual policyholders and cherry-pick the healthiest, most profitable ones.’
    • ‘Instead, he instigated a demand-led programme, encouraging staff to come up with innovative ideas and then cherry-picking those that would add value to the economy.’
    • ‘Such expansion is vital if affordable loans are to remain available to the less well - off, given that banks are increasingly cherry-picking the best customers.’
    • ‘In 1877 Japanese nobles formed the Iwakura mission and travelled the world cherry-picking ideas on how to industrialise the country.’
    • ‘Now it was being implied he had cherry-picked phrases from someone else's book.’
    • ‘While not all of them will make it, you can still potentially cherry-pick the stars of tomorrow.’
    • ‘When they make promises, they cherry-pick specific items and refuse to explain how much they would cost or how they would pay for them.’
    • ‘If the private sector is allowed to cherry-pick the juiciest parts of the mail delivery industry, will that mean that rural areas, for example, will receive a poorer service?’
    • ‘Many scientists cherry-pick favourable results; others change direction when interesting results emerge.’
    • ‘They go up if the enforcers cherry-pick the easiest cases, instead of the most serious ones.’
    • ‘Rather, we must lay the groundwork and not just try to cherry-pick the easy wins or ‘flavor of the month’ issues.’
    • ‘They'll cherry-pick all the problems and ignore any positives.’
    • ‘Federal prosecutors are free to cherry-pick high-profile or politically expedient cases, knowing that the cases they reject probably will be prosecuted in state court.’
    pick and choose