laundry list


Definition of laundry list 

: a usually long list of items the laundry list of new consumer-protection bills— N. 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.

Recent Examples on the Web

Other amenities read like a laundry list of top-notch home comforts; the van includes power window shades, adjustable LED lighting, USB charging ports, and a ceiling fan with rain sensor. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Airstream debuts new compact luxury camper van," 4 Sep. 2018 The candidate has built her campaign on a laundry list of socialist ideas such as universal healthcare, a $15 minimum wage, and abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez draws Bronx cheer for misleading campaign bio," 7 July 2018 SportsPulse: USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones on why a reported suspension of Jameis Winston isn't just bad news for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but adds to the star quarterback's laundry list of off-field incidents. Tom Schad, USA TODAY, "Jameis Winston suspended for three games, apologizes for Uber incident," 28 June 2018 The laundry list of internet companies invited to the meeting, to take place June 27, also includes Twitter, Bing, Alibaba, Google, Yahoo, Pinterest, and Reddit. Lev Facher, STAT, "Facebook, Instagram among tech firms called to Washington by FDA to address illicit opioid sales," 30 May 2018 And Justice Samuel Alito’s laundry list of items included a National Rifle Association T-shirt, shirts with the text of the First and Second Amendments and a shirt with a rainbow flag. Washington Post, "MAGA hat, #MeToo pin? High court weighs voter clothing law," 28 Feb. 2018 That category is usually a laundry list of items an armed service would like Congress to pay for but are not important enough to earn a line in the service’s budget. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Air Force Will Lose More Than a Third of A-10s If the Planes Don't Get New Wings," 19 Jan. 2018 All three subsequently came back with a laundry list of problems, Steamship Authority general manager Robert B. Davis said last month. Matt Rocheleau,, "Contractor defends repair work on troubled Steamship authority ferries," 13 June 2018 With Road America up next on the Verizon IndyCar Series calendar, that can only mean one thing: The second half of the season is upon us, and with it comes a laundry list of fascinating and yet-to-be answered questions. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "NBCSN IndyCar analyst Paul Tracy predicts how rest of season will unfold," 20 June 2018

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First Known Use of laundry list

1958, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of laundry list

: a long list of related things

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