laundry list

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laundry list (plural laundry lists)

  1. (archaic) Originally, a list of articles of clothing that had been sent to be laundered.
    • 1920, Scouting for Girls: Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts, First Edition, The Girl Scouts, Inc., page 126:
      Learn how to make out a laundry list and to check it when the laundry comes home.
  2. (idiomatic, by extension) A long and often tedious list of items.
    • 2007, Ceri Au, "Fighting for the Right to Flush," Time, 31 July:
      Among the laundry list of inconveniences most of us can't abide: cold coffee, airport delays, the high price of gasoline.

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