separate the sheep from the goats

Definition of separate the sheep from the goats

chiefly British

  1. :  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.

Word by Word Definitions

separateplay
  1. :  to set or keep apart :  disconnect, sever

    :  to make a distinction between :  discriminate, distinguish

    :  sort

  1. :  set or kept apart :  detached

    :  solitary, secluded

    :  immaterial, disembodied

  1. :  offprint

sheepplay
  1. :  any of various hollow-horned typically gregarious ruminant mammals (genus Ovis) related to the goats but stockier and lacking a beard in the male

    :  one (O. aries) long domesticated especially for its flesh and wool

    :  a timid defenseless creature

goatplay goats
  1. :  any of various hollow-horned ruminant mammals (especially of the genus Capra) related to the sheep but of lighter build and with backwardly arching horns, a short tail, and usually straight hair

    :  one (Capra hircus) long domesticated for its milk, wool, and flesh

    :  capricorn


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