# sum total

- complete numerical total: the sum total of my savings.
- essence; substance: The sum total of research in the field.

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## Origin of sum total^{}

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400

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## Examples from the Web for sum total

### Historical Examples

#### A cook, a butler, and a valet were the sum-total of his retinue.

The Lure of the MaskHarold MacGrath

#### That, at least, was the sum-total as it presented itself to him, and on which he framed his conclusions.

MichaelE. F. Benson

#### We cannot evaluate progress as an increase in a sum-total of happiness.

Progress and HistoryVarious

#### (a) Rows of raw fact; (b) Principles, spiritual or sum-total facts.

The Lost Art of ReadingGerald Stanley Lee

#### Consequently the sum-total that you ought to have in hand soon is—how much?

ChildhoodLeo Tolstoy

## Idioms and Phrases with sum total

## sum total

The entirety, everything, as in I spent all day in the kitchen and the sum total of my efforts is this cake. [Mid-1600s]

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