sum total


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

Origin of sum total

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sum total

Historical Examples of sum total

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

    The Lure of the Mask

    Harold MacGrath

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


    E. F. Benson

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

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

    The Lost Art of Reading

    Gerald Stanley Lee

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


    Leo 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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