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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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Over five million students participate at the local level, narrowing down to the best 55 competitors who compete in the finals.
Thousands of drawings and essays poured in, and our team of 25 judges had a mind-boggling time narrowing down the crates of terrific entries to l0 winners.
It could be argued that other important names were omitted, yet Blades-Zeller acknowledges the difficulty of narrowing down a list of this sort.
These brochures are rarely detailed enough to rely on, but they do provide a quick way of narrowing down your choices.
WITH GRADUATION only months away and the high school athletes' choice of a college narrowing down or completed, it's time for them to begin preparing for the numerous strength and conditioning tests they will encounter in college football.
Assertions of power, in McLaren's reading, these discourses invented--"constructed"--various new negative concepts of manhood, such as the cad, the weakling, the sadist, the exhibitionist, and others, having the effect of narrowing down the boundaries of respectable masculinity.
The task of narrowing down the company's catalog of over 100 movies and documentaries to 25 entries wasn't a Sunday in the park.