[ nuht-shel ]
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  1. the shell of a nut.

Idioms about nutshell

  1. in a nutshell, in very brief form; in a few words: Just tell me the story in a nutshell.

Origin of nutshell

1175–1225; Middle English nutescell;see nut, shell

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British Dictionary definitions for nutshell


/ (ˈnʌtˌʃɛl) /

  1. the shell around the kernel of a nut

  2. in a nutshell in essence; briefly

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