chew the meat and spit out the bones
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- (idiomatic) To take in a great deal of information and selectively disregard some of it as invalid or inapplicable
- 2002, A. Frank Goepel, A Realm Without Rules, page 116:
- Do not swallow every story that is told. There may be a grain of truth somewhere in all the myths, but chew the meat and spit out the bones.