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 Instead of writing job orders with a laundry list of qualifications that weed people out, job orders need to recruit for the minimal viable skillset to do the current job. Tracy Levine, Forbes, "CHRO Performance In Public Filings: Are You Going To Be A Zero Or A Hero?," 19 Apr. 2021 Many examples were described in 90 comments filed to the Biden supply chain review by companies and trade groups, including a laundry list of needs from industry giants like Amazon and Boeing. New York Times, "‘It’s a Roller-Coaster Ride’: Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat," 15 Apr. 2021 Restrictions aren’t nearly as strict as those a year ago — in part because people know more about what behaviors are riskiest — but holidays still come with a laundry list of confusing rules. Washington Post, "In another locked down, disrupted Easter, a tired Italy can’t escape the virus," 4 Apr. 2021 Catcher is a volatile position with inherent risks, and d’Arnaud will begin the 2021 season as a 32-year-old with a laundry list of previous injuries. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Baseball ’21: Picks for Fantasy breakout players, busts, sleepers," 26 Mar. 2021 Acquiring a reliable receiver is just one of a laundry list of tasks. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, "JuJu Smith-Schuster free agency: Arizona Cardinals perfect fit for Pittsburgh Steelers WR," 6 Mar. 2021 Smith has a laundry list of standard perks in his contract, mostly tied to results. Alex Vejar, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Breaking down Craig Smith’s new contract with Utah State men’s basketball," 25 Feb. 2021 Now, after more than a decade, Schriock is stepping down from that position, having presided over a laundry list of accomplishments. Allison Norlian, Forbes, "Lessons In Leadership: How The President Of EMILY’S List Changed And Diversified America’s Political Landscape," 25 Feb. 2021 This was not a place for a laundry list of policy objectives. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "What stood out in President Biden's inaugural address? Our panel weighs in," 21 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of laundry list

1958, in the meaning defined above

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5 May 2021

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“Laundry list.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of laundry list

informal : a long list of related things

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