the pick of the litter

The pick of the litter is a phrase used for someone or something being the best of a group. This phrase comes from a litter of kittens or puppies, where the best one is literally the pick of the litter. It can be used in a variety of other situations, and is more commonly used when speaking figuratively. This phrase is used for occasions when you are speaking about a person or thing that is the best one of a group.