the long and the short of it

Idiom Definition

Idiom Definition - the long and the short of it

"the long and the short of it"

the summary of a subject;

the most important point


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - the long and the short of it

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1: So, when can construction begin?

Colleague 2: Having spoken with all the contractors involved and having created a Gantt chart and having analyzed all the variables involved, there would appear to be some issues that could vary the start date widely. Some of the factors include ...

Colleague 1: Sorry to interrupt but I am really busy. Could you please just give me the long and the short of it. When can the project begin?

Colleague 2: Looks like early January.

Colleague 1: Thank you.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - the long and the short of it

Two friends are talking ...

Friend 1: So, how did your meeting with your boss go?

Friend 2: I told the boss that I felt unappreciated and underpaid, that nobody respected me, and that nobody listened to my ideas. Finally I said, “The long and the short of it is that I’m going to find another job.”

Friend 1: Good for you. You gave the boss a good clear and concise statement.

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the long and the short of it - Examples:

1)  ... as well as potentially breaching existing contractual obligations. The long and the short of it is, if you don't have consent, think twice before mentioning ...

2)  The compensation packages for teaching abroad vary greatly, but the long and the short of it is that you probably won't get rich.

3)  ... which could take as long as two years. The long and the short of it is that this is an impossible proposal.

4)  ... at the time and that kind of changed things. But the long and the short of it is that I was eventually drawn back to the possibility of a teaching ...

5)  ... and off I went, into the real world. The long and the short of it is that I have learned a lot along the way.

6)  ... gluten and dairy with the exception of Greek yogurt. But the long and the short of it is, I am excited! 

7)  The long and the short of it: The birth mother changed her mind.

8)  ... to the garage where she lived with zero help from Vauxhall. The long and the short of it is the engine was destroyed and had to be replaced at an enormous ...

9)  ... and enormously wealthy career politicians know better than us, that's the long and the short of it. There's no reasoning with them.

10)  The long and the short of it was that Crowley got access to US government, space programme and military ...

11)  ... to develop a site based on the clients requests... that's the long and the short of it.

12)  The long and the short of it is this: Dave's bike is in Stockport.

13)  ... arise because, in fact, no one can govern. The long and the short of it is that it doesn't matter one bit which one of these miscreants ...

14)  ... to give you an idea of what her fears may be. The long and the short of it is to keep him safe and with you at all times.

15)  ... fanciful; extravagant: fantastic hopes? Yes, that's about the long and the short of it.

16)  ... into detail about what went wrong on the production side, but the long and the short of it is that it looks absolutely terrible.

17)  ... units and committees explained to me until my head spins, but the long and the short of it is that the machine frustrates the prime ministerial will rather than enforcing it.

18)  The bankers have sold the future, there's the long and the short of it.

19)  Read the whole post, but the long and the short of it is ...

20)  The long and the short of it is that Tim Tebow is not perceived to be a starting QB.