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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.
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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.
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That is then narrowed down further to Iran's right to enrich uranium up to 20 per cent.
"The margins have been tightened and the possibilities [of who was behind the assassination] have been narrowed down," Madi told The Daily Star, referring to the case of Brig.
"After discussions with the various political leaders, the difference of opinion has been narrowed down to five or six issues.
The long-listed team will be narrowed down over the next week, and everyone on the team - both riders and support staff - is excited about the event."
Thirteen submissions were narrowed down to three winners- one in each category of sole, lease, and finance.
He said: "In the end we narrowed down all the people who wanted to give her a home to a girl called Nicola Wilcox whose family had always had ferrets."
I think the start can be narrowed down to 1949 and James Cagney with - does anyone else remember?
From an original shortlist of 100, the competition, inspired by the hit movie School of Rock starring Jack Black, has narrowed down to just four finalists.
The race to replace Hughes as Wales manager had been narrowed down to three candidates after former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier decided to decline an interview with FAW officials.
Recently, a South Dakota healthcare commission evaluating the "state of the state" narrowed down a list of 30 possible areas to study--and LTC, particularly nursing homes, was among the "final four."
EU watchdogs said the list of passengers' personal data to be passed on to the United States should be narrowed down and its use limited to terrorism and related crimes.
NOW that the field has been narrowed down to sixcandidates,it's time for you to make use of the final round of voting to decide who should be crowned Liverpool ECHO's Merseyside Sports Personality of the Year for 2003.
After you have narrowed down your choice, make appointments to visit the various schools.
Finally, given the editors' opening invocation trumpeting the "vital relationship" of the "human form" to the "universe," it is a bit disappointing to see so much of that universe narrowed down to the bodies of European women.