on the critical list

idiom

Definition of on the critical list

: very sick or injured and likely to die
  • patients who are on the critical list
sometimes used figuratively
  • a government program that is on the critical list

Word by Word Definitions

critical play
  1. : inclined to criticize severely and unfavorably

  2. : consisting of or involving criticism

  3. : exercising or involving careful judgment or judicious evaluation

list play
  1. : a simple series of words or numerals (such as the names of persons or objects)

  2. : an official roster : roll

  3. : catalog, checklist

  1. : to make a list of : enumerate

  2. : to include on a list : register

  3. : to place (oneself) in a specified category

  1. : to tilt to one side

  2. : to cause to list

  1. : a deviation from the vertical : tilt

  1. : a band or strip of material: such as

  2. : listel

  3. : selvage

  1. : to cut away a narrow strip from the edge of

  2. : to prepare or plant (land) in ridges and furrows with a lister

  1. : please, suit

  2. : wish, choose

  1. : inclination, craving

  1. : listen

  2. : to listen to : hear


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