We are simultaneously horrified and enlarged by the last section of Thrilla in Manila as it sums up what those two titans embody.
In 175 well-chosen words, he sums up the trials and the grit and bravery of the civil rights movement.
Nevertheless, viewers are denied a “rosebud” moment that sums up, or judges, her brief career as a call girl.
That about sums up the relationship between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu.
If one word—soccer (or football)—sums up Uruguay, two words—Luis Suárez—capture the potency of the Uruguayan game.
There is a phrase in the American vocabulary of approval that sums up our national ideal of manhood.
He sums up Smollett and Goldsmith, but he also destroys them.
We found them in his opening chapter: we find them again here when he sums up his mission.
"No," he continued, with the air of one who sums up to a conclusion.
This sums up beautifully the external aspects of the old Italian method, and of modern methods as well.
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.