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)
short-list transitive verb

Examples of short list in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web If the president plays the dictator, regularly squelching differing viewpoints, don’t be surprised at the short list of applicants for board seats. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Apr. 2024 The tune opens at No. 14 on the short list, bringing the singer back to a tally she’s reached many times in the past. Hugh McIntyre, Forbes, 29 Mar. 2024 Both women portrayed in the film are openly gay, and Foster’s role as Bonnie Stoll earned her a spot on the very short list of LGBTQ actors nominated for playing LGBTQ characters. Isabela Espadas Barros Leal, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 McCready offered a short list of sectors that managed to break through: data centers, last-mile warehouses — and life sciences. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, 20 Feb. 2024 Believing Dannen met the criteria, Parker placed him on a short list of candidates for Cauce to consider. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 Hall had been encouraged, including by Croak, to invite a much larger audience from across the company but ultimately stuck with the short list insisted upon by her manager. Paresh Dave, WIRED, 7 Mar. 2024 However, the recent transfer of U.S. District Judge Robert Scola to senior status has created another vacancy in Miami that is likely to be filled by a Black candidate, including one who was on the short list of nominees recommended by both GOP and Democratic nomination panels in South Florida. Jay Weaver, Miami Herald, 27 Feb. 2024 Morgan Wallen Age: 30 The story: With his upcoming tour, Morgan Wallen joins the extremely short list of acts — Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks and (come August) Metallica — to have played two consecutive nights at one of the three Twin Cities stadiums. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of short list was in 1927

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“Short list.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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