One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A list of people deprived of particular rights, privileges, or services, in particular a list of people with whom members of an association are forbidden to do business.
- ‘Bail is sometimes given on a surety basis, probably less so than in the past, but the growing practice is to place the suspect's passport number on the stop list at airports and ports.’
- ‘Many people on bail will find that their passport details are on the immigration stop list, which means that the officer won't let you through.’
2A list of words automatically omitted from a computer-generated concordance or index, typically the most frequent words, which would slow down processing unacceptably.
- ‘A neat touch is the stop optimisation facility, which re-orders the stop list to eliminate or reduce doubling back on yourself.’
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