separate the wheat from the chaff

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Derived from Matthew 3:12.[1]

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separate the wheat from the chaff (third-person singular simple present separates the wheat from the chaff, present participle separating the wheat from the chaff, simple past and past participle separated the wheat from the chaff)

  1. (idiomatic) To select only that which is of value.
    Synonym: winnow

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  1. ^ The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], 1611, OCLC 964384981, Matthew 3:12: “ [] he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”.