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Cherry Picking

Posted by Frankie on January 19, 2000

Why does "Cherry Picking" mean "Taking the pick of the Litter". Hey, did I just explain a phrase with a another phrase. Anyway, can it be that the cherry is the best part of whatever it's in.(ie: icecream.) Therefore, when someone cherry picks something---they're taking the best part leaving behind the less desired.
I wonder when a farmer "really" cherry picks (off the tree) he cherry picks the best ones for market.