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narrow down

To pare the number of people or things on a list down to a more manageable or select number. A noun or pronoun can be used between "narrow" and "down." We've narrowed down our list of candidates to just three, but it's going to be nigh impossible to choose from them. Let's narrow it down to just our very top choices, otherwise we'll never pick a place to go.
See also: down, narrow

narrow something down (to people or things)

to reduce a list of possibilities from many to a selected few. We can narrow the choice down to green or red. We narrowed down the choice to you or Paul.
See also: down, narrow
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The researchers are now trying to arrange another cruise to narrow down this range before the U.
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At the end of this month, the Police Commission will narrow down the six semifinalists and will recommend and rank its three favorite candidates to Mayor Richard Riordan, who will make the final selection.
The school board was expected to narrow down the field this week, said Saugus Assistant Superintendent Ron Saltinski, and then perhaps notify the job finalists for interviews.
An impatient Superior Court Judge Hiroshi Fujisaki stymied the plaintiffs' plan to narrow down those fibers from a pool of 72,000 possible Ford vehicles.