winnow out


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Synonyms for winnow out

dismiss from consideration or a contest

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Three former Marine Corps drill instructors will put them through the paces and winnow out the weaklings.
If it works, it'll be thanks to years of work by the American Chestnut Foundation, which initially bread the American chestnut with its disease-resistant Chinese cousin, then crossbred over and over to winnow out all non-American chestnut characteristics except the disease-resistance.
Competition for scarce resources does not necessarily winnow out redundant species, they find, and diversity need not hinge on specialization.
Like lions, sharks winnow out sick and unfit members of prey species, ensuring the reproduction of only healthy individuals.
ET) "Politics on the Dot"- How can the American public winnow out what is truly significant from the rush and jumble of post-election news?