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sum total

noun
1.
complete numerical total:
the sum total of my savings.
2.
essence; substance:
The sum total of research in the field.
Origin of sum total
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English
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  • The absolute is the sum total of all that was, is, and will be.

  • To be serious then,—the sum total of the affair, I take to be this.

  • I shall do all that, and the sum total will be sent to him in a lump, so that he can pay it.

    The Potiphar Papers George William Curtis
  • Add all the details, and the sum total is nothing more than the group of details.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • There can be no question that the sum total of effect offends the eye and dazes the senses.

    Our Navy in the War Lawrence Perry
Idioms and Phrases with sum total

sum total

The entirety, everything, as in I spent all day in the kitchen and the sum total of my efforts is this cake. [ Mid-1600s ]
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