MEANING: verb tr.: To pick in a highly selective manner. Example, to cherry-pick data to suit a hypothesis.

ETYMOLOGY: From the idea of picking the best cherries from a tree. Earliest documented use: 1966.

CHEERY-PICK - an upbeat banjo or guitar riff (like this one)

CHERRY-PUCK - a bizarre award given to the Boston Bruins coach in 1979 after a particularly egregious hockey maneuver backfired

SHERRY-PICK - "I'll have the Bristol Cream, please"