What does ‘cherry picking’ mean? Learn what it means here and get example sentences.

In this lesson we’re going to talk about the term “cherry picking.”

So, cherry picking or to pick cherries could refer to removing the fruit, the cherry fruit, from a tree.

Or, it can even mean to carefully select something, pretty much anything.

But in this video, I want to focus on a slightly different usage that is very common now days and

it’s a little bit more of a slang type of meaning.

And that is to carefully select something that is beneficial to you and is unfair to others or to other points of view.

For example, let’s say you’re doing a report on Benjamin Franklin.

So you do the research and you see that he did many good things, but he also did some bad things.

So, since you like him and you want to write something nice about him,

you decide to “cherry pick” and select only the good things he did.

And you conveniently leave out the bad things or the negative things that he did. So that would be “cherry picking.”

All right, now I’m going to give you a couple more example sentences:

“You have to be careful about what you read online these days. There’s a lot of cherry picking going on.”

“I suppose you could say he was a good president, but you would have to be cherry picking with that

because he did a lot of bad things too that I think you’re forgetting about.”

“Make sure you’re not cherry picking when you do the investigation. You have to be fair.”

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