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English definition of “separate the wheat from the chaff”

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separate the wheat from the chaff

to separate things or people that are of high quality or ability from those that are not: The first round of interviews really separates the wheat from the chaff.
Translations of “separate the wheat from the chaff”
in Chinese (Traditional) 區別好壞, 去蕪存菁…
in Chinese (Simplified) 区别好坏, 去芜存菁…
(Definition of separate the wheat from the chaff from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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