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

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Cherot was one of three people on a short list of nominees approved by the Alaska Judicial Council in August. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Mike Dunleavy appoints new Alaska state public defender," 18 Sep. 2019 The Oregon Ducks have a short list of recruiting visitors in town for the home opener against Nevada, but the group packs plenty of punch. Andrew Nemec | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Noah Sewell, Keith Brown, 2 elite linebackers, arrive in Eugene for Oregon Ducks visit," 7 Sep. 2019 Kathy runs through a short list of grievances: The bullying. Andrea Simakis,, "One woman’s guide to surviving Trump: writing him daily — Andrea Simakis," 11 Aug. 2019 Nocawich is no different, slinging a short list of sandwiches and salads composed from stellar ingredients like Biellese salumi, Snake River Farms beef, Russ & Daughters lox and H&H bagels. Dominic Armato, azcentral, "These are the best restaurants in Tempe," 6 Aug. 2019 An updated agreement, the London Protocol, went into effect in 2006, more specifically banning all wastes and materials except for a short list of items, like leftover materials from dredging. Jenny Howard, National Geographic, "Marine pollution, explained," 2 Aug. 2019 The top performers in business, sports, and life put 95% of their energy into a very short list of pursuits. Josh Linkner, Detroit Free Press, "Ask yourself these questions to find your best-self game plan," 14 Sep. 2019 And the Olympics are at the top of a very short list. Marisa Guthrie, The Hollywood Reporter, "NBCUniversal Expects to Rake in More Than $1.2B for 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 23 July 2019 Gibson’s homer resides on the short list of the most memorable in baseball history. Chad Finn,, "‘I got lucky, man.’ Dennis Eckersley on surviving his tough times," 16 July 2019

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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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