how to remove multiple occurrences of a string within a list?

Steven Bethard steven.bethard at
Wed Apr 4 00:05:19 CEST 2007

bahoo wrote:
> The larger problem is, I have a list of strings that I want to remove
> from another list of strings.

If you don't care about the resulting order::

     >>> items = ['foo', 'bar', 'baz', 'bar', 'foo', 'frobble']
     >>> to_remove = ['foo', 'bar']
     >>> set(items) - set(to_remove)
     set(['frobble', 'baz'])

If you do care about the resulting order::

     >>> to_remove = set(to_remove)
     >>> [item for item in items if item not in to_remove]
     ['baz', 'frobble']


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