long and short of it, the
The substance or gist of something, as in The first page of this report will give you the long and short of it. This expression, originally stated as the short and long of it, dates from about 1500, the present order being established by the end of the 1600s.
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As an example of good science-and-society policymaking, the history of fluoride may be more of a cautionary tale.
In other words, fluoride is a broad-spectrum, bipartisan, long-lasting magnet for dissent.
France 24 is providing live, round-the-clock coverage of both scenes as they progress.
As this list shows, punishments typically run to a short-ish jail sentence and/or a moderately hefty fine.
And they might not have to wait that long to show their political heft.
It was a decayed house of superb proportions, but of a fashion long passed away.Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
As long as may be necessary, Sam,” replied Mr. Pickwick, “you have my full permission to remain.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens
Ages back—let musty geologists tell us how long ago—'twas a lake, larger than the Lake of Geneva.
I hate to be long at my toilette at any time; but to delay much in such a matter while travelling is folly.
She sat straight up in bed, and jerked her hands to her head, and screamed long and terribly.The Homesteader|Oscar Micheaux