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long story short

adverb

phrase used to introduce a shortened account of events

Examples

Long story short, I made a big mistake.

Usage Note

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  • However, to make a long story short, the sofa remained our sofa.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • Indeed, to make a long story short I had got to be a regular “masher.”

    Adventures and Recollections Bill o'th' Hoylus End
  • To make a long story short, all will see—to use a vulgar term—that my arrival was "just nuts to Old Glory," as some one told me.

    The Boy Spy Joseph Kerby
  • To make a long story short, Captain Littleton made us a present of her.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • To make a long story short, the whilom fine, proud pheasants are of faded hue and look ruffled.

    The Duel A. I. Kuprin
Slang definitions & phrases for long story short

long story short

verb phrase

To make a longer tale into a nutshell: long story short, school's out baby

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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