Terry J. Reedy added the comment:

I agree that my extreme, strawman-ish, proposal, was, well, too extreme. Here 
is a more realistic proposal similar to David's.

if isinstance(choices, range) and len(choices) > 50:
  choice_txt = range_rep(choices)  # details to be determined
  choice_txt = <iterated version of choices as now>
except TypeError:  # because choices not iterable
  choice_txt = repr(choices)  # can be anything for custom class

Then display help or error message.

If someone passes a non-(x)range iterable with 1000s of choices, I am willing 
to say they deserve what they asked for, once that the docs make clearer that 
such collections will be displayed in full. Any iterable container too large to 
display in full can be wrapped as a non-iterable container. ('Container' means 
that 'in' works.)

class NonIterableContainer:
  def __init__(self, container, description):
    self.container = container
    self.description = description
  def __repr__(self):
    return self.description
  def __contains__(self, item):
    return item in self.container

The description could point one to a file or doc that has an explicit list.

If such a listing enumerates the items, the program arg could instead be an int 
in the appropriate range. Then the program would look up the actual arg. Ranges 
*are* special because items from any finite enumerated collection can be 
replaced, for input, by the corresponding int in the enumerated range. They are 
therefore worth special attention in help and error displays.


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