separate the wheat from the chaff

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of separate the wheat from the chaff

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 wheat from the chaff.

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

wheat play
  1. : a cereal grain that yields a fine white flour used chiefly in breads, baked goods (such as cakes and crackers), and pastas (such as macaroni or spaghetti), and is important in animal feeds

  2. : any of various Old World annual grasses (genus Triticum, especially T. aestivum and T. turgidum) of wide climatic adaptability that are cultivated in most temperate areas for the wheat they yield

  3. : a light yellow

chaff play
  1. : the seed coverings and other debris separated from the seed in threshing grain

  2. : something comparatively worthless

  3. : the scales borne on the receptacle among the florets in the heads of many composite plants

  1. : light jesting talk : banter

  1. : to tease good-naturedly

  2. : jest, banter


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