laundry list

noun

: a usually long list of items
the laundry list of new consumer-protection billsN. C. Miller

Examples of laundry list in a Sentence

She described a laundry list of goals for the city's schools. He recited a laundry list of problems.
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Word History

First Known Use

1958, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of laundry list was in 1958

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“Laundry list.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/laundry%20list. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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