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

verb (used with object)

  1. to put on a short list.


  1. a list of suitable applicants for a job, post, etc, from which the successful candidate will be selected

verb short-list (tr)

  1. to put (someone) on a short list

“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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