slice last 4 items from a list

John Machin sjmachin at
Tue Oct 2 02:50:34 CEST 2007

On Oct 2, 6:27 am, brad <byte8b... at> wrote:
> Is this the correct way to slice the last 4 items from a list?
> x = [1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9]
> print x[-4:]
> It works, but is it Pythonic?

It's Pythonic. It's also unambiguous, unlike your specification, which
could be interpreted as 'chop off the last 4 items from a list' i.e.
del x[-4:]. What you are actually doing is 'print the last 4 items of
a list'.

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