transitive verbcher·ry-picked, cher·ry-pick·ing, cher·ry-picks
(third-person singular simple present cherrypicks, present participle cherrypicking, simple past and past participle cherrypicked)
- Alternative spelling of cherry-pick.
(third-person singular simple present cherry-picks, present participle cherry-picking, simple past and past participle cherry-picked)
- (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.
- From all the available statistics, the politician cherry-picked only those that backed up his ideas.
- (rhetoric, logic) To select only evidence which supports an argument, and reject or ignore contradictory evidence.
- (US, idiomatic, sports) To position oneself near the opponent's goal to attempt to receive an errant or intentional pass for an easy score, as in basketball or versions of soccer where offsides are not enforced.
A metaphor, from the idea of picking through a bowl of cherries and seeking the best for oneself.