verb (used with object)

  1. to select with great care: You can cherry-pick your own stereo components.

verb (used without object)

  1. (in retail use) to buy only the sale items and ignore the other merchandise.


  1. (tr) to choose or take the best or most profitable of (a number of things), esp for one’s own benefit or gaincherry-pick the best routes

“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.

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