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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Frank Robinson is, by any conceivable measure, on the short list of the best players in baseball history. Jared Diamond, WSJ, "Baseball Legend Frank Robinson Dies at Age 83," 7 Feb. 2019 Now, there’s another name to add to that woefully-short list: Dear Irving on Hudson, perched on top of the Aliz Hotel. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Roberts then sent the complaints to the 10th circuit, whose chief judge, Timothy Tymkovich, was on President Trump’s short list of Supreme Court nominees, according to Politico. Christianna Silva, Teen Vogue, "Ethics Complaints About Brett Kavanaugh's Behavior During the Ford Hearing Might Be Investigated," 12 Oct. 2018 Here is where things stand with the decision: Who? There's the list, and there's the short list. David Jackson, USA TODAY, "Donald Trump's Supreme Court pick: Who, When, How," 29 June 2018 And that cultivated mystery—along with his disdain for the standard rules of superstardom—is probably what puts him on the short list for COOLEST HUMAN ALIVE. Carrie Battan, GQ, "How Do You Explain Zayn?," 18 June 2018 This is a short list of pioneers who shaped and transformed 20th century modern dance in America. Lauren Warnecke,, "Rolling Meadows native Michael Novak named successor to modern dance pioneer Paul Taylor," 20 May 2018 In 2014, he was reported to have been on Gov. Jay Inslee's short list for a state Supreme Court appointment. Rick Anderson,, "Judge sues cat owner, then persuades fellow justice to seal the record," 8 May 2018 Chair Joyce Wilkerson and Commissioner Christopher McGinley are both on the short list for seats on the new nine-member school board, and apparently will get them., "Two resign from SRC as the shift to a Philly school board begins," 29 Mar. 2018

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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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not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

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