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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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  • It was impossible to pick a fault in him, and yet the sum-total was displeasing.

    St. Ives Robert Louis Stevenson
  • (a) Rows of raw fact; (b) Principles, spiritual or sum-total facts.

    The Lost Art of Reading Gerald Stanley Lee
  • She was not an Italian woman; Heaven be praised, she was English: so this was just pure gain to the sum-total of her graces.

    The Cardinal's Snuff-Box Henry Harland
  • A cook, a butler, and a valet were the sum-total of his retinue.

    The Lure of the Mask Harold MacGrath
  • From it may come the man of profound learning who shall add something by his own wisdom to the sum-total of human knowledge.

  • That, at least, was the sum-total as it presented itself to him, and on which he framed his conclusions.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • You should endeavour to reproduce the sum-total of the time which a musical thought occupies.

    Piano Playing Josef Hofmann
  • Consequently the sum-total that you ought to have in hand soon is—how much?

    Childhood Leo Tolstoy
  • Even that is the sum-total of countless so-called personalities in the past.

    Jallu'd-dn Rm Frederick Hadland Davis
  • That is to say, we may be respectable in one direction; but that does not make up the sum-total.

    Katharine Frensham Beatrice Harraden
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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