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prelim

[pree-lim, pri-lim] /ˈpri lɪm, prɪˈlɪm/
noun, Informal.
Origin
1880-1885
1880-85; by shortening

prelim.

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British Dictionary definitions for prelim

prelim.

abbreviation
1.
preliminary
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Word Origin and History for prelim
n.

1891, short for preliminary (race, test, event, etc.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for prelim

prelim

noun
  1. A professional boxing match coming before the main match in a given program (1930s+ Prizefighting)
  2. A preliminary qualifying examination (1891+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Related Abbreviations for prelim

prelim

  1. preliminary
  2. preliminary examination
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