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separate (or sort) the wheat from the chaff

Definition of separate or sort the wheat from the chaff in English:

Distinguish valuable people or things from worthless ones.
Example sentences
  • Certainly a ringtone reduces pop songs down to their barest essentials and in doing so sorts the wheat from the chaff.
  • The betting market promises to be the best guide to sorting the wheat from the chaff in the first two-year-old race of the season, the Ballyhane Stud Brocklesby Stakes.
  • The problem comes in sorting the wheat from the chaff, and you or I can only try to assess the performance of our local authority planning department.
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