to separate the sheep from the goats



Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - separate the sheep from the goats

"to separate the sheep from the goats"

to distinguish between competent, experienced individuals and novices

 

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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - separate the sheep from the goats

"to separate the sheep from the goats"

to distinguish which people in a group can do something difficult and which people cannot

 

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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - separate the sheep from the goats

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 sheep from the goats.



Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - separate the sheep from the goats

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 sheep from the goats.





to separate the sheep from the goats - Usage:

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to separate the sheep from the goats - Gerund Form:

Separating the sheep from the goats is key when choosing a person for promotion.

Separating the sheep from the goats is an arduous process.



to separate the sheep from the goats - Examples:

1)  ... may truly test the character of the players and even separate the sheep from the goats.

2)  When the going gets tough difficult times separate the sheep from the goats.

3)  ... those who have the courage to govern. That should separate the sheep from the goats.

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

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

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

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

8)  ... ride the storm for an indefinite amount of time will separate the sheep from the goats.

9)  The DH this year will separate the sheep from the goats 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 sheep from the goats.

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

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

13)  ... where the unnerving power struggles quickly separate the sheep from the goats.

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

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

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

17)  Mental toughness will separate the sheep from the goats.

18)  ... but I think emotional intelligence separates the sheep from the goats.

19)  It separates the sheep from the goats. It makes it more physical. 

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