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pre|lim «prih LIHM», noun, adjective. Informal.
a preliminary examination. Prelims are given to some candidates for the doctorate before writing the dissertation. »

He was miserably lonely, failed his “prelims” and had to leave at the end of his first year (Sunday Times).

= preliminary. (Cf.preliminary)

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • prelim — prelim1 [prē lim′, prilim; prē′lim΄] Slang n. short for PRELIMINARY prelim2 abbrev. preliminary …   English World dictionary

  • prelim — noun or adjective Date: 1891 preliminary …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prelim — /pree lim, pri lim /, n. Informal. preliminary. [1880 85; by shortening] * * * …   Universalium

  • prelim. — preliminary. * * * …   Universalium

  • prelim — 1. adjective preliminary 2. noun Something preliminary, such as a trial, report, race, etc …   Wiktionary

  • prelim — preliminary …   Medical dictionary

  • prelim — pre·lim || prɪːlɪm ,prɪ lɪm n. pretest, early test, initial examination (Slang) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • prelim — [ pri:lɪm, prɪ lɪm] noun informal 1》 a preliminary examination. 2》 a preliminary round in a sporting competition. 3》 (prelims) the pages preceding the main text of a book, including the title, contents, and preface. Origin C19: abbrev …   English new terms dictionary

  • prelim — pre·lim …   English syllables

  • prelim — pre•lim [[t]ˈpri lɪm, prɪˈlɪm[/t]] n. adj. Informal. inf preliminary • Etymology: 1880–85; by shortening …   From formal English to slang

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