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chaff

1. chaffed hay; called also chop.
2. the winnowings from a threshing, consisting of awns, husks, glumes and other relatively indigestible materials.
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The task of the copy editor is to improve and polish the writing and not, in the immortal words of a New York Times reporter, "to separate the wheat from the chaff and then throw away the wheat.
Say what you will about Chris Spirou--the former New Hampshire fount of political wisdom--but he knows that, when it comes to advice, you have to separate the wheat from the chaff.
My initial reaction was that everyone looked put-together and that it was easy to visually separate the wheat from the chaff for my information-gathering .
World War II was over and millions of Americans were returning home and re-entering the work force, which gave a Los Angeles psychologist an idea for helping companies separate the wheat from the chaff.
More than two years ago, TEI joined with LMSB to produce the Joint Audit Planning Process, whose goals are two-fold: (i) to establish accountability in executing a jointly developed audit plan, and (ii) to develop an issue-focused plan to, if you will, separate the wheat from the chaff and thereby increase audit efficiency.
As a former staff member at an Indian Residential School, and having worked on the fringe of the residential school system for some time, I am angry and frustrated at the Anglican Church of Canada because of its inability to separate the wheat from the chaff.
You correctly caution that one must be careful to separate the wheat from the chaff and that there is much disinformation about.
Mathematicians get so many letters from crackpots claiming to have proved amazing theorems, Graham says, that it would take too much time to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Like all incoming cadets, she must report in the summer prior to her first academic year in order to go through Beast, the grueling training designed to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Being able to properly read wind at long range will quickly separate the wheat from the chaff, especially in competition.
Of course, no one will know which aspects of CAM really work and which don't unless medical schools help separate the wheat from the chaff.

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