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[suhm-ing-uhp] /ˈsʌm ɪŋˈʌp/
noun, plural summings-up.
a summation or statement made for the purpose of reviewing the basic concepts or principles of an argument, story, explanation, testimony, or the like, and usually presented at the end.
Origin of summing-up
1780-90; sum up + -ing1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for summing-up
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  • On the day of the summing-up at the trial the court room was crowded.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • I like to think my summing-up would not have been a word of careless contempt.

    Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad
  • This summing-up sentence stands on his stiff and dry margin.

  • He did not choose to obey Jermyn's indication, and confine himself to the summing-up.

  • "I told Uncle Biron I must be away from business to hear the summing-up," he said.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • It was seven o'clock when the Judge finished his summing-up, and the jury retired.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • There is only one passage of his summing-up that I wish to criticise fully.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy G. W. [George William] Foote
  • So the business went on, with Guy on tenterhooks all the while for his own summing-up by the Rector.

    Guy and Pauline Compton Mackenzie
  • The Judge, in summing-up, referred to the difficulties of the case in some of its features.

  • Still, I'm greatly obliged to you for what you say about my summing-up.

    The Simpkins Plot

    George A. Birmingham
British Dictionary definitions for summing-up


a review or summary of the main points of an argument, speech, etc
a direction regarding the law and a summary of the evidence, given by a judge in his address to the jury before they retire to consider their verdict
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