Make a long story short

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Definition

to make a long story short, to cut a long story short, to shorten a long story: to summarize, to sum up, to say it in just a few words
idiom
To make a long story short, I was with your mom again last night. I'll summarize what happened in just a few words.

Examples

  • "Anyway, to make a long story short, until we have a chance to review the handbook, I'm asking you to follow a few simple rules"
  • "To make a long story short, here's my question: is the entrance of our building public or private property?"
  • "To slightly shorten a long story, I've lost my passport!"
  • "To cut a long story short, he encouraged me to steal a perfume."
  • "To make a long story short, we'll have an efficiency expert coming down to our offices next week."
  • "To cut a long story short, I'm broke."
  • "To make a long story short, I'm just sorting through my e-mails this morning, and so I'm sorry I didn't get back to you earlier."
  • "To make a long story slightly longer, I have 5 more intensive sessions with this lady."

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