separate the sheep from the goats

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Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of separate the sheep from the goats

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.

Word by Word Definitions

separate play
  1. : to set or keep apart : disconnect, sever

  2. : to make a distinction between : discriminate, distinguish

  3. : sort

  1. : set or kept apart : detached

  2. : solitary, secluded

  3. : immaterial, disembodied

  1. : offprint

  2. : an article of dress designed to be worn interchangeably with others to form various costume combinations

sheep play
  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

  2. : a timid defenseless creature

  3. : a timid docile person

goat play 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

  2. : capricorn

  3. : a licentious man : lecher


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