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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

limited number of

To write plainly and concisely, choose few instead of the roundabout phrase a limited number of.

  • In a few (not a limited number of) ridings, the incumbent party is likely to lose.

Other possibilities include couple of, handful of and some.