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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Kavanaugh beat out several other judges for the nod, including Judge Raymond Kethledge of Ann Arbor, who was said to be on Trump’s short list for the nomination. Todd Spangler, Detroit Free Press, "Why Mich. senators won't confirm Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh," 13 July 2018 Any of the candidates on Trump’s short list would probably move the court to the right. Caren Bohan, USA TODAY, "Trump legal adviser talks up Kavanaugh and Barrett for Supreme Court," 8 July 2018 Both Grant and Newsom are on Trump’s short list for the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill Rankin, ajc, "Trump packs influential Atlanta court with conservative judges," 6 July 2018 Wochit President Donald Trump’s short list of Supreme Court candidates to replace retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy includes Kentuckian Amul Thapar. Louisville Courier Journal, The Courier-Journal, "Meet the Kentuckian who may be Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice," 28 June 2018 Two years later, Castro was on the short list of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s potential running mates. Paul J. Weber, The Seattle Times, "APNewsBreak: Julian Castro moves toward 2020 White House run," 12 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of short list

1927, in the meaning defined above

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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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