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short list

noun
1.
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
1925-1930
1925-30

short-list

[shawrt-list] /ˈʃɔrtˌlɪst/
verb (used with object)
1.
to put on a short list.
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British Dictionary definitions for shortlist

short list

noun
1.
a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected
verb (transitive)
2.
to put (someone) on a short list
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Word Origin and History for shortlist
v.

"to place (someone) on the 'short list' " for advancement or preferment, 1955, from short list (n.) in this sense, which is attested by 1927.

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