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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To choose in a highly selective manner; select only the best or most suitable of.

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  • verb idiomatic To pick out the best, or most desirable items from a list or group, especially to obtain some advantage or to present something in the best possible light.

Etymologies

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A metaphor, from the idea of picking through a bowl of cherries and seeking the best for oneself.

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