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)

Other Words from short list

short-list \ ˈshȯrt-​ˌlist How to pronounce short list (audio) \ transitive verb

Examples of short list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In addition to Dackin, on the short list were Larry R. Hook, superintendent of Springboro Community City School District in Southwest Ohio, and Thomas L. Hosler, superintendent of Perrysburg Exempted Village Schools in Perrysburg, near Toledo. cleveland, 13 June 2022 Next season the team will be built around Corwin and Klein, who should be on short list of top singles tandems in the state. Mark Stewart, Journal Sentinel, 12 June 2022 And a good dose of that comes from the majority of people having a lengthy to-do list rather than a short list of essential priorities. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 26 May 2022 In 2020, Abrams was rumored to be on the short list of President Joe Biden's potential running mates. David Jackson, USA TODAY, 25 May 2022 There’s a reason Utah is not on Ford or Apple’s short list, The Tribune’s Editorial Board writes. Bryan Schott, The Salt Lake Tribune, 24 May 2021 There are a handful of GOP senators who voted for some of the names on the Supreme Court short list back when they were nominated to lower court positions. Manu Raju And Lauren Fox, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 Kedon Slovis came into the season on a preseason short list for Pac-12 offensive player of the year favorites. oregonlive, 21 Sep. 2021 Leading the transition team for the Department of Energy is Arun Majumdar, the first director of APRA-E (the Energy Department’s advanced energy research hub) who is also rumored to be on Biden’s short list to lead the department. Abby Smith, Washington Examiner, 11 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of short list

1927, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Short list.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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