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- As a summary; as a shortened version of what has been told or what would have been told.
- 1853, Dickens, Charles, chapter 10, in Bleak House:
- Mr Snagsby has dealt in all sorts of blank forms of legal process; in skins and rolls of parchment; in paper — foolscap, brief, draft, brown, white, whitey-brown, and blotting; in stamps; in office-quills, pens, ink, India-rubber, pounce, pins, pencils, sealing-wax, and wafers; in red tape, and green ferret; in pocket-books, almanacs, diaries, and law lists; in string boxes, rulers, inkstands — glass and leaden, penknives, scissors, bodkins, and other small office-cutlery; in short, in articles too numerous to mention.
- 2008 December 4, Pickert, Kate, “A Brief History of Recounts”, in Time, retrieved 15 August 2013:
- Most political experts expect the Minnesota election to be decided in the courts or even in the state senate. In short, it's a mess.
as a summary