the long and the short of it

the long and the short of it
• the long and the short of it
• to cut a long story short
• to put smth in a nutshell
the general result or effect; all that need be said; the upshot (in the fewest words possible, in short, in brief); the substance of it; that which may be stated briefly

I won't repeat her language, it fair startled me, but the long and the short of it was she was jealous of the kite. (W. S. Maugham)

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To cut a long story short, I want you back. (A. Cronin)

"To put it in a nutshell," said Charles slowly, "You're willing to come in with me because you think my business could be built up." (J. Wain)

The long and the short of it is Arnie has sold the cutter to "Feeder John".?(J. London)?


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