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winnow

verb [T] uk   /ˈwɪn.əʊ/  us   /-oʊ/
to blow the chaff (= the outer coverings) from grain before it can be used as food formal to reduce a large number of people or things to a much smaller number by judging their quality: A list of 15 candidates has been winnowed down to a shortlist of three. a winnowing process
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