- the shell of a nut.
- in a nutshell, in very brief form; in a few words: Just tell me the story in a nutshell.
Origin of nutshell
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That's a good rule for those who want everything in a nutshell.The Mayflower, January, 1905
The whole case was in a nutshell—the lady had quarreled with her husband.
"There you have the case in a nutshell," said Mr. Bonnithorne, dropping his voice.
What is now required to be done may be stated in a nutshell.
I confess that has to be considered, and then the question lies in a nutshell.
- the shell around the kernel of a nut
- in a nutshell in essence; briefly
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Word Origin and History for nutshell
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Idioms and Phrases with nutshell
see in a nutshell.
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