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- (transitive) To hold back a student's application (to a college etc.) based on whether a preferred candidate declines their offer.
- I have not heard back from the college yet: I must have been backlisted.
- (transitive, publishing) To place (a book) on a backlist.
backlist (plural backlists)
- (publishing) A list of older books available from a publisher, as opposed to the frontlist of more recent titles.