It was another of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink jokes that summed up the entire enterprise.
summed up New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn: the man is “out of his mind … out of his ever-loving mind.”
That situation, according to Madden, is summed up like this.
But in this case, most of them can be summed up in a single word: “fear.”
Well, it summed up the trap President Johnson was caught in then—and pretty much captures President Obama's dilemma today.
A little girl who met me on the country road recently summed up the characteristics of the blue beetle pretty well.
The sentiments of the egoist are summed up in the maxim, "After me the deluge!"
The most interesting news he was able to impart was summed up in the Proclamation he carried in his pocket.
In a sentence she summed up the long catalogue that had been given to him by her silence.
This, together with the capture of Detroit, summed up the amount of our successes on land for the year.
late 13c., "quantity or amount of money," from Anglo-French and Old French summe (13c.), from Latin summa "total number, whole, essence, gist," noun use of fem. of summus "highest," from PIE *sup-mos-, from root *uper "over" (see super-).
The sense development from "highest" to "total number" is probably via the Roman custom of adding up a stack of figures from the bottom and writing the sum at the top, rather than at the bottom as we do now (cf. the bottom line). Meaning "total number of anything" is recorded from late 14c. Meaning "essence of a writing or speech" also is attested from late 14c. The verb is attested from c.1300; meaning "briefly state the substance of" (now usually with up) is first recorded 1620s. Sum-total is attested from late 14c., from Medieval Latin summa totalis.