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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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But even once they have sorted the wheat from the chaff, watching desperate hopefuls being ripped apart by even more demanding judges still makes great telly.
Those tactics certainly sorted the wheat from the chaff and ensured that only the best survived - all the way up the straight, only the big two figured.