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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theynarrow down
he/she/itnarrows down
present participlenarrowing down
past tensenarrowed down
past participlenarrowed down
  1. to reduce the number of possibilities or choices

    We’re working to narrow down the list of possible suspects.

    narrow something down to something:

    That narrowed it down to just two possibilities.

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snap election

a general election … that is called earlier than expected

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