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 (prē′lĭm′, prĭ-lĭm′)
n. Informal
A preliminary: teams that were eliminated in the prelims; studied hard for my prelims.
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(ˈpri lɪm, prɪˈlɪm)

n., adj. Informal.
[1880–85; by shortening]
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Noun1.prelim - a minor match preceding the main event
athletic competition, athletic contest, athletics - a contest between athletes
2.prelim - an examination taken by graduate students to determine their fitness to continue
exam, examination, test - a set of questions or exercises evaluating skill or knowledge; "when the test was stolen the professor had to make a new set of questions"
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Yes, you pass your prelim., and can come inside; you're one of the few.
Geena Lara: Advanced based on time after finishing fourth in 800 prelim heat (2:02.97).
She won the intro and prelim league championships with Glancerdin Fflach and the Novice Championship League Cup with Charlie.
Fourteen-year-old Amy won the combined gold medal in the Over-12 prelim, silver in the freestyle and came close to another podium place with fourth in the figure section.
First place in the Prelim Junior Class was awarded to Samantha Kettle on her handsome Arabian stallion Al Mijlas.
The exam was much easier than the prelim so I expected to get an A.
At Springwood: J Sykes 6 Thongsbridge v D Garner 2 Netherton Con, D Peacock 3 Milnsbridge v P Green 1 Brockholes, D Cooling 2 Lockwood Con v M Haynes 5 Almondbury BC, M Boyles 4 Kirkheaton C&BC v G Fellows 3 Meltham, D Walls 3 Brockholes v B Walsh 4 Meltham, G Brook Scr Netherton Con v R Stopford Scr Rastrick, J Hodgson Scr Waterloo v B Gibson Scr Meltham, T Clegg 3 Crosland Moor v Winner of Prelim C.
Prandini and Todd also finished 1-2 in the 100 prelims, with Todd recording the best time of the day with a wind-aided 10.89.
They will also compete in the U21 Prelim Championships at the Sheepgate BYRDS U25 Championships, also in Lincolnshire, later in the month after gaining qualifying scores from their first two affiliated tests.
Summing up the experience of conducting the prelims, and speaking on behalf of the prelims' quizmasters, Saldanha said, "Finally, now that we are done with the prelims and looking forward to the mega prelim, I do want to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate all the teachers and principals of the various schools."
Howden-le-Wear event rider Victoria Gibson, riding the newly purchased Etoile Rouge, won the Prelim 14 restricted section and equalled Barbara Buglass riding Wizard to win the Novice 20 restricted both with 62.4%.
"The school, in order to review the children's preparedness, held a late prelim for this examination.