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prelim

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

prelims

/ˈpriːlɪmz; prəˈlɪmz/
plural noun
1.
Also called front matter. the pages of a book, such as the title page and contents, before the main text
2.
the first public examinations taken for the bachelor's degree in some universities
3.
(in Scotland) the school examinations taken as practice before public examinations
Word Origin
C19: a contraction of preliminaries
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Word Origin and History for prelims

prelim

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for prelims

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.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Related Abbreviations for prelims

prelim

  1. preliminary
  2. preliminary examination
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