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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. 2017.
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  • He began his summing-up by speaking of the unusual way in which the trial had been conducted.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • On the day of the summing-up at the trial the court room was crowded.

    David Dunne Belle Kanaris Maniates
  • He repeated Drusilla's summing-up of them almost word for word.

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

  • It is the gracious habit of a summing-up to introduce, if possible, a dictum of the famous men our fathers that were before us.

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

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • Justice North's summing-up was simply a clever and unscrupulous bit of special pleading.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy G. W. [George William] Foote
  • It was seven o'clock when the Judge finished his summing-up, and the jury retired.

    A Young Man's Year Anthony Hope
  • But the judge's summing-up was all against the accused, and the verdict was "Guilty!"

  • There is only one passage of his summing-up that I wish to criticise fully.

    Prisoner for Blasphemy G. W. [George William] Foote
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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