cherry-pick

verb

cher·​ry-pick ˈcher-ē-ˌpik How to pronounce cherry-pick (audio)
cherry-picked; cherry-picking; cherry-picks

intransitive verb

: to select the best or most desirable

transitive verb

: to select as being the best or most desirable
also : to select the best or most desirable from
cherry-picked the art collection

Examples of cherry-pick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To prove the handful of examples on OpenAI’s website were not cherry-picked out of millions of less impressive results, Altman took to social media on Thursday to gather random and often outlandish suggestions for themes his Sora would then transform into videos. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 16 Feb. 2024 Avoid cherry-picking information that confirms your original thesis while ignoring contradictory signals. Robert Daugherty, Forbes, 12 Feb. 2024 Related Articles Others argue that misinformation and disinformation don’t need an AI boost: they can be generated by old-fashioned means like misrepresenting what real images show, cherry-picking information or simply making shocking claims without any evidence to back them. Irina Raicu, The Mercury News, 27 Jan. 2024 In response, Israel argued that these quotes were cherry-picked, articulated in a moment of trauma and anger in Israeli society, and did not reflect the official policy of the country’s war cabinet. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 All cherry-pick evidence — some factual, some highly distorted — to push misleading narratives. Elizabeth Dwoskin, Washington Post, 21 Jan. 2024 Democrats warn that Trump supporters would cherry-pick clips of the video to spin conspiracy theories. Scott MacFarlane, CBS News, 20 Dec. 2023 As the genre turns 50, its most rewarding songs wisely cherry-pick from the past while staying true to rap’s reputation as a harbinger of what’s next. Pitchfork, 11 Dec. 2023 Facebook pushed back on those allegations, arguing that the reporting and documents had been cherry-picked and that positive conclusions found in the documents had been ignored. Jacob Ward, NBC News, 5 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of cherry-pick was in 1965

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“Cherry-pick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cherry-pick. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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