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8/4/19 Cherry-pick

To cherry-pick is to opportunistically choose the most beneficial or profitable items. The verb, which usually has a hyphen, can have negative connotations. For example, we might accuse someone of intellectual dishonesty if they cherry-pick details in support of an argument while ignoring a preponderance of details that would counter the cherry-picked ones. But it can be positive, too. For instance, in planning next week’s meals, you might cherry-pick good deals at the grocery store.

O’Reilly cherry-picked census numbers to falsely suggest Bush is better on Poverty than Clinton.

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