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a list of those people or items preferred or most likely to be chosen, as winnowed from a longer list of possibilities.
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Origin of short list
First recorded in 1925–30
Other definitions for short list (2 of 2)
[ shawrt-list ]
/ ˈʃɔrtˌlɪst /
verb (used with object)
to put on a short list.
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How to use short list in a sentence
The Washington Post also mentioned Lynch and former Associate Attorney General Tony West as candidates on the shortlist.Obama's No-Win Attorney General Decision|Tim Mak|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One example is a design recently named to the shortlist for the 2014 World Architecture Festival awards.Why Architects Dream Big—and Crazy|Nate Berg|August 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Last week, The Past failed to make the shortlist for the Academy Award for best foreign film, which A Separation won in 2012.The New Auteur of Iran: Asghar Farhadi Reinvents Domestic Drama With ‘The Past’|Jimmy So|December 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The new pontiff gets the nod over a shortlist that included Edward Snowden, Ted Cruz and Bashar al-Assad.Pope Francis Is Time’s Man of The Year|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And last week both Reuters and Business Insider ran articles suggesting that Ferguson was on the shortlist.Roger Ferguson Is Wall Street’s Fantasy for Federal Reserve Chairman|Daniel Gross|September 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for short list
/ mainly British /
a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected
verb short-list (tr)
to put (someone) on a short list
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