Cherry Picking

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Cherry Picking

1. In bankruptcy, a decision by a court to uphold contracts with favorable terms toward the company declaring bankruptcy and to nullify contracts with unfavorable terms. Laws restrict the use of cherry picking.

2. An investment strategy in which one picks securities that have been performing well with the expectation that they will continue to perform well. This carries the risk of loss due to an unexpectedly changing trend.
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The real me is quiet" Comedienne Dawn French "After a year of warning the Brits that they could not cherry pick, he proceeded to cherry pick with a gusto that matched Jack Cherry McCherrypicker the year he won the cherry picker of the year competition" TV's Andrew Neil slaps down Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator
The fact that consumers are today more informed of industries prices, range of products on offer and store location add to the ease with which consumers are able to cherry pick.
HK) has said that it would cherry pick customers as it expands into the UK.
He said: "Equality must be for all and we are not able to cherry pick.
And one black cab driver agreed: "There is a new breed of aggressive and greedy drivers who cherry pick.
and we were able to cherry pick the things we like and get it all in one package.
Derek Kerr, in his March letter (Can't cherry pick) says "we can't just cherry pick the various parts of Scripture we are willing to accept and discard the rest.
On large lists you may have perhaps enough names that you can cherry pick just the areas you want and still reach the rental minimum.
You cannot cherry pick the frequency of these events.
It is difficult to operate rental housing in this regulated environment, Margulies observed, warning, "Don't bottom fish -- you cherry pick -- otherwise it's too dangerous.
Gordon Brown coveted the job of PM to a point of nausea; and he must realise that he cannot cherry pick the places where he will get the best headlines; you take the good with the bad as in any walk of life.