separate the sheep from the goats

idiom

chiefly British
: to judge which people or things in a group are bad and which ones are good
The magazine describes many different products and then separates the sheep from the goats.

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Recent Examples on the Web One woman mentioned Jesus’ promise to separate the sheep from the goats on the Last Judgment. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2023

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“Separate the sheep from the goats.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/separate%20the%20sheep%20from%20the%20goats. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

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