that's about the size of it.

That sums up the situation; that's how things are. For example, So he's going to resign next month?—Yes, that's about the size of it, or Mary's applying to all those colleges?—That's about the size of it. A mid-19th century British expression that soon crossed the Atlantic, it appeared in Mark Twain's Tramp Abroad (1880): “‘Bloodshed!’ ‘That's about the size of it,’ I said.”


Nearby words

  1. that makes two of us,
  2. that will do,
  3. that'll be the day,
  4. that's,
  5. that's _____ for you,
  6. that's how the ball bounces,
  7. that's one on me,
  8. that's right,
  9. that's that,
  10. that's the beauty of

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