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noun, plural sum·mings-up.
  1. 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.
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Origin of summing-up

1780–90; sum up + -ing1
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Historical Examples

  • On the day of the summing-up at the trial the court room was crowded.

    David Dunne

    Belle Kanaris Maniates

  • I like to think my summing-up would not have been a word of careless contempt.

    Heart of Darkness

    Joseph Conrad

  • This summing-up sentence stands on his stiff and dry margin.

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

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

    In the Wilderness

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for summing-up


  1. a review or summary of the main points of an argument, speech, etc
  2. 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
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