I'm looking for an idiom or proverb that emphasise the availability of choices and the ability to identify the best/correct one. The ability is the result of experience, skills and knowledge.

For instance

With a plethora of tools in the market, a seasoned craftsman is able to quickly assemble a right set of tools to solve a particular problem. A less experienced craftsman may fail to identify the right tools to solve the problem with the same level of efficiency.
With that many selection of hair products in the market, an experienced hairstylist can quickly distinguish the better quality products from the mediocre ones.
An experienced person will be able to identify which are the time-wasting activities while an inexperienced person may have to go through each one of them to find out.
  • 1
    'Having a knack for something' might be a good idiom. It means being skillful in doing something. E.g. She has a knack for the piano
    – Mo Nazemi
    Nov 9, 2019 at 3:44
  • Finding the needle in the haystack might be as good as it gets. It's not that good, though. There's also rainmaker.
    – Phil Sweet
    Nov 11, 2019 at 1:07
  • If you add a sample sentence with a blank where the answer goes, you will likely get more responses. Nov 11, 2019 at 6:54
  • Isn't 'discerning'? But it is not a saying, but a word.
    – Ram Pillai
    Nov 23, 2019 at 14:21

2 Answers 2


head and shoulders above (someone or something) TFD idiom

Significantly better than someone or something.

As in:

Head and shoulders above all the other applicants, X is the ideal candidate.


I think we can say somebody has the knack of choosing or the ability to choose the pick of the bunch.

The pick of the bunch means the best in the group.

Here is the link which helps.


Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge that you have read and understand our privacy policy and code of conduct.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.