short list

noun
a list of those people or items preferred or most likely to be chosen, as winnowed from a longer list of possibilities.
Also, shortlist.


Origin:
1925–30

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short-list

[shawrt-list]
verb (used with object)
to put on a short list.
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short list
 
n
1.  a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected
 
vb
2.  to put (someone) on a short list

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Example sentences
Recycling bottles, cans, and newspapers is on any short list of simple actions
  for a cleaner environment.
But even this short list will throw up difficulties.
The report delves into how the countries currently leading the world got to the
  top and makes a short list of best practices.
The ones that haven't gone down are on a short list that's getting shorter.
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