long story short

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A reduced form of to cut a long story short and to make a long story short.


long story short

  1. (idiomatic) Introducing a short version of, or simply the conclusion of, a relevant story.
    Anyway, long story short, I totally screwed up today.
    • 1994, Eric Bogosian, Pounding Nails in the Floor With My Forehead, Theatre Communications Group, →ISBN, page 40,
      So anyway, long story short . . . Kenny was always gambling. And six years ago, he bought this lottery ticket and he won. Not much. A million bucks. After taxes, that’s like five hundred thousand dollars. I’m thinking party time.
    • 1999, Dennis Hensley, Misadventures in the (213),[1] HarperCollins, →ISBN, page 74,
      “So long story short,” Damon continues, obviously enjoying his newfound status as Magic Kingdom iconoclast, “it got back to the director what I did and then it went all the way to Eisner’s office. […]”
    • 2005 March 1, Scrubs (television series), season 4, episode 19 “My Best Laid Plans”,
      Dr. Kelso: Long story short, I'm on the hook for sending Trong Tri Kelso to college and he doesn't want to go to a state school.

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