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long story short


phrase used to introduce a shortened account of events


Long story short, I made a big mistake.

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  • 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, Captain Littleton made us a present of her.

    Little By Little William Taylor Adams
  • However, to make a long story short, the sofa remained our sofa.

    Jewish Children Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
  • To cut a long story short, we next heard him on our right and then behind us.

    Queen Sheba's Ring H. Rider Haggard
  • To make a long story short, this was the way how the people had come to my rescue.

    Will Weatherhelm W.H.G. Kingston
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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