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short list

or shortlist

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


[shawrt-list] /ˈʃɔrtˌlɪst/
verb (used with object)
to put on a short list. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Kennedy glanced hurriedly through the short list of names, pulled out his notebook, made an entry, and handed the list back.

    The Silent Bullet Arthur B. Reeve
  • This short list is a mere indication of what can be found in any good library.

  • First he took from his pocket a short list which he always carried, and once more read over the names and figures which it bore.

  • A short list of English works on the subject had, however, been added.

  • A short list of a few of the more important papers and books to which a student should refer.

    Ancient Plants Marie C. Stopes
British Dictionary definitions for short list

short list

a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected
verb (transitive)
to put (someone) on a short list
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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