Definition of cherry-pick in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈCHerēˌpik/


1 [with object] Selectively choose (the most beneficial items) from what is available: the company should buy the whole airline and not just cherry-pick its best assets
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  • 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.
2 [no object] Sports In a game such as basketball, wait near the goal for a pass, which can be converted to an easy score.
Example sentences
  • He hangs back while his linemates cherry-pick, creating long passes and exciting rushes.
  • A player such as he can hang out at the other team's blue line and cherry-pick where normally he would be receiving an offside pass.



Example sentences
  • But this cherry-picking is a shame, because it makes the path of American democracy look too easy, too predetermined - as if Providence had guaranteed it from the start.
  • But he says he can't stop such cherry-picking unless the state legislature amends the law.
  • It comes as a package; any attempt at cherry-picking will be doomed.

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Syllabification: cher·ry-pick

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