to separate the men from the boys




Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - separate the men from the boys

"to separate the men from the boys"

to distinguish between competent, experienced individuals and novices (without respect to gender)

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - separate the men from the boys

"to separate the men from the boys"

to distinguish which people in a group can do something difficult and which people cannot (without respect to gender)

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - separate the men from the boys

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  Well, we've got three highly qualified candidates for the job. It is going to be very difficult to decide between them. They all seem fairly equally matched.

Colleague 2:  I think that we should set up a competency test. We'll design something very difficult that the candidates can work on over the weekend. We will design the assignment such that only the most competent can complete it.

Colleague 1:  That should separate the men from the boys.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - separate the men from the boys

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  This year's marathon race is going to be especially difficult and grueling. There is an eight kilometer stretch of the race that is run at an incline of seven degrees.

Friend 2:  That is going to be extremely challenging. Some people will not be able to finish the race.

Friend 1:  That incline will definitely separate the men from the boys.





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to separate the men from the boys - Gerund Form:

Separating the men from the boys is key when choosing a person for promotion.

Separating the men from the boys is an arduous process.



to separate the men from the boys - Examples:

1)  ... may truly test the character of the players and even separate the men from the boys.

2)  When the going gets tough difficult times separate the men from the boys.

3)  ... those who have the courage to govern. That should separate the men from the boys.

4)  ... the final four remained as the tournament started to separate the men from the boys with the semi-finals contested over 11 frames.

5)  ... one just-about-mountainous and the other not-so-hilly) allow us to separate the men from the boys in the realm of stability, agility and engine-gearbox responsiveness.

6)  Tests are what separate the men from the boys, and are the ultimate test of skill in the sport.

7)  That is the challenge. The decision makers must separate the men from the boys and know the difference!

8)  ... ride the storm for an indefinite amount of time will separate the men from the boys.

9)  The DH this year will separate the men from the boys and women from the girls. The heat across France has made the track dusty ...

10)  ... the Plateau de Beille (15.8km at 7.9%) should separate the men from the boys.

11)  ... chips are down and the time comes, we will separate the men from the boys or the boys from the men.

12)  ... temperament and shot selection are the prime attributes which separate the men from the boys in this arena.

13)  ... where the unnerving power struggles quickly separate the men from the boys.

14)  The current environment will separate the men from the boys. It's going to be an interesting test of our propositions.

15)  These are the fashion contests that separate the men from the boys, the part-timers from the pros, and the wheat from the chaff.

16)  Test matches separate the men from the boys and showcase the mental fortitude required to be a genuinely excellent cricketer.

17)  Mental toughness will separate the men from the boys.

18)  ... but I think emotional intelligence separates the men from the boys.

19)  It separates the men from the boys. It makes it more physical. 

20)  The ability to accept full responsibility for one's misdeeds separates the men from the boys, ...