short list


Definition of short list 

: a limited list of important items or individuals especially : a list of candidates for final consideration (as for a position or a prize)

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short-list \ˈshȯrt-​ˌlist \ transitive verb

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The president added Judge Kavanaugh to his short list of Supreme Court more than nine months ago, in November 2017. Alvin Chang, Vox, "Every time Ford and Kavanaugh answered the question — and didn't answer the question," 28 Sep. 2018 Though there are a number of Minnesota road trips worth adding to your short list, this one—which covers the most picturesque stretch of Lake Superior coastline—is its most popular. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 4 Days on Minnesota's North Shore," 19 July 2018 President Trump had said that Ms. Powell, a Goldman Sachs Group Inc. executive, was on his short list to replace Nikki Haley, who announced her resignation this week. Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Dina Powell Withdraws From U.N. Ambassador Consideration," 11 Oct. 2018 Still, the numbers for a player who is already on the short list of the best receivers in team history are sobering. Bob Condotta, The Seattle Times, "Doug Baldwin says he’s healthy, ball just didn’t go his way Sunday," 9 Oct. 2018 The Army is looking for a place to design its future, and Greater Boston is on the short list. Tim Logan,, "The Army wants someplace to plot its future. Maybe Boston," 8 June 2018 Portland has long been on the short list for cities that could play host to an MLB team, should the league expand or a team's owners seek to relocate. Gordon R. Friedman,, "Nike exec stakes claim to bring pro baseball to Portland," 16 Apr. 2018 When Pence took over Trump’s transition, Pompeo’s name appeared on a short list for national security posts. Elizabeth Dias, Time, "Mike Pompeo Has What Rex Tillerson Didn't: 'Killer Graphics' and Trump's Trust," 13 Mar. 2018 Amy Coney Barrett is on President Trump's short list to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "10 things to know about Amy Coney Barrett, a top contender for the Supreme Court," 8 July 2018

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First Known Use of short list

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short list was in 1927

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English Language Learners Definition of short list

: a list of a small number of people or things that have been selected from a larger group and are being considered to receive an award, to get a job, etc.

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