to separate the wheat from the chaff

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - separate the wheat from the chaff

"to separate the wheat from the chaff"

to separate and choose what is of useful high quality from what is of worthless lower quality


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - separate the wheat from the chaff

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  How is it going with selecting candidates for interviews?

Colleague 2:  Slowly.  There are literally hundreds of applicants for each job.  I am still in the process of trying to decide from their resumes which of the applicants will even get an interview.

Colleague 1:  That's a tough job, separating the wheat from the chaff.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - separate the wheat from the chaff

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1:  It seems that nowadays with the immense amount of information available on the internet that it is getting more and more difficult to find quality, relevant information.

Friend 2:  I know what you mean. I did a search the other day and it returned seven hundred thousand references.

Friend 1:  And how do we separate the wheat from the chaff in all that? How do we know which articles are garbage and which are good?

to separate the wheat from the chaff - Usage:


to separate the wheat from the chaff - Gerund Form:

Separating the wheat from the chaff, the manager chose the best candidates for the job.

to separate the wheat from the chaff - Examples:

1)  ... case studies are all fairly reliable quality indicators to help separate the wheat from the chaff. Make sure to ask any client reference, ...

2)  ... it is impossible for any but practicing lawyers to separate the wheat from the chaff.

3)  ... concept and used cheap materials. If you manage to separate the wheat from the chaff -- all the knock-offs from Cheng's real thing -- you'll see that Cheng ...

4)  I also think that refereed journals at least separate the wheat from the chaff.

5)  There is data available which helps you separate the wheat from the chaff in the blogosphere. Sites like Technorati and Alexa have access to millions of blogs ...

6)  The trick is to separate the wheat from the chaff, or the truth from the lies, in our world of 'infobesity'.

7)  It has always been a struggle to find and then separate the wheat from the chaff.

8)  ... to find an injury lawyer -- but how do you separate the wheat from the chaff? With all the choice available, how do you actually find a decent lawyer ...

9)  Maybe a few lean years will will separate the wheat from the chaff!

10)  You now have the basic tools required to separate the wheat from the chaff when it comes to web hosting. Take the time to compare different options and ...

11)  Therefore, it would be a nice idea to separate the wheat from the chaff and have an unbiased look at the features that make the new iPad different from ...

12)  ... they use those in a machine learning process to essentially separate the wheat from the chaff. Find the ones that people like more and the ones that people like less ...

13)  ... takes time for me to zero in on it and separate the wheat from the chaff, but when I get there, I never leave it. 

14)  But how do you separate the wheat from the chaff and make sure you don't end up getting ripped off and taken advantage of ...

15)  The ability to separate the wheat from the chaff of people and their advice is a very important quality.

16)  ... us with the blessed escape route of discernment, of separating the wheat from the chaff for ourselves, forcing us to find the gems of truth among the garbage.

17)  Our interest lies in separating the wheat from the chaff; and this we expect an examination of properly characterised scepticism to help us do ...

18)  Does it every get frustrating separating the wheat from the chaff, or do you find it quite interesting? 

19)  ... world in recent decades, the critic's labour in separating the wheat from the chaff -- in distinguishing between that which is worthwhile and that which isn't ...

20)  Arthur, you're going to have a hard time separating the wheat from the chaff in deciding who gets to go on the Starship.