sum up

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sum up (third-person singular simple present sums up, present participle summing up, simple past and past participle summed up)

  1. To produce a total by adding.
  2. (idiomatic) to summarize
    So, to sum up your argument, what you are saying is that it is impossible.
    • 2011 February 12, Nabil Hassan, “Blackburn 0 - 0 Newcastle”, in BBC[1]:
      Best came close to getting on the end of Barton's cross but he was inches away from connecting. It was an incident that summed up Newcastle's afternoon.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The object can come before or after the particle. If the object is a pronoun, then it must come before the particle.