short list

noun

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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Since Trump said his short list includes at least two women, speculation has focused on Barrett, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Catherine Lucey, Ken Thomas, Time, "Vice President Mike Pence Met With Supreme Court Contenders," 5 July 2018 Since Trump said his short list includes at least two women, speculation has focused on Barrett, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Catherine Lucey And Lisa Mascaro, chicagotribune.com, "Former Notre Dame professor among Trump's finalists for Supreme Court, source says," 5 July 2018 Since Trump said his short list includes at least two women, speculation has focused on Barrett, a former law clerk to Justice Antonin Scalia and a longtime Notre Dame Law School professor who serves on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Lisa Mascaro, The Seattle Times, "Trump conducts more Supreme Court interviews, hears concerns," 3 July 2018 Milwaukee was among four cities to make the the short list Wednesday to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention. Bill Glauber, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee now among three finalists to bid for 2020 Democratic National Convention," 20 June 2018 That has left Intel with a relatively short list of seasoned internal candidates, analysts say. Tripp Mickle, WSJ, "Intel CEO Challenge: Pick From Thin Bench, or Look Outside," 22 June 2018 That shorter list includes parts for aircraft-engine turbines, submersible electric pumps, locomotives and steam boilers. Theo Francis, WSJ, "Caught in Trump’s Trade Fight: GE Factories in Wisconsin, South Carolina," 24 June 2018 Gene Prescott, president and CEO, Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables === Our spot on Amazon’s short list shows Miami is already well on its way toward becoming an international technology hub. miamiherald, "CEOs cite transportation, housing, visibility as factors to make South Florida a true tech hub | Miami Herald," 26 Apr. 2018 Here's a short list of minor quibbles: The reaction of the characters to critical events and situations can seem unnaturally relaxed. Robert Lloyd, latimes.com, "Spy vs. assassin? It's a pure and perverse matchup in BBC America's 'Killing Eve'," 8 Apr. 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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short list

noun

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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